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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Wole's hometown?
(a) Ake.
(b) Isara.
(c) Ivory Coast.
(d) Saara.

2. In Chapter 2, what does Wole believe about St. Peter?
(a) St. Peter lives on Wole's roof and is always spying on him.
(b) St. Peter is the source of his constant hunger.
(c) St. Peter is responsible for the beautiful music he hears every morning.
(d) St. Peter is an ancestral spirit that can be conversed with.

3. Who defeats Paa Adatan in Chapter 8?
(a) Bote troops.
(b) Essay.
(c) Wole and his cousin.
(d) A dozen townspeople.

4. Who is the only member of Wole's extended family who is angry for him wandering off in Chapter 3?
(a) Mrs. B.
(b) Essay.
(c) Wild Christian.
(d) Tinu.

5. What accident does Wole suffer on his birthday in Chapter 2?
(a) He gets into a fight and receives two black eyes.
(b) While playing see-saw, Wole falls and hurts his head.
(c) He nearly drowns during his beachside party.
(d) His foot is broken when it is run over by an automobile tire.

6. What is the teacher's reaction to young Wole coming to school uninvited at the beginning of Chapter 2?
(a) The teacher says Wole is welcome anytime.
(b) The teacher is so amused, Wole is asked to teach the day's lesson.
(c) The teacher makes use of him by having him cut the grass.
(d) The teacher is angered, and has a long talk with Essay.

7. What was contained in Father's "mystery parcels" in Chapter 5?
(a) Shoes.
(b) Smoked meats.
(c) Musical scores.
(d) Nothing.

8. What are egungun?
(a) The parsonage school's official rules of conduct.
(b) Two-story houses common throughout Ake.
(c) Mysterious ancestral spirits.
(d) Candles used during religious ceremonies.

9. What is an iyan?
(a) A bothersome biting insect.
(b) A see-saw playground toy.
(c) A pounded yam.
(d) A spirit child halfway between life and death.

10. What is the popularly-held belief about the Bote troops?
(a) They are valorous, and will fight to the death in combat.
(b) They are spies for Hitler, and one must be very careful speaking around them.
(c) They are cowards and do not deserve the respect of the townspeople.
(d) They are wild and lawless, and they raid villages.

11. What is a "saara?"
(a) A tree with sweet-tasting sap.
(b) A blanket used in the winter months.
(c) A gathering of both boy and girl students.
(d) A feast given as an offering to spirits.

12. Why is Wole ordered kicked out of sleeping in Essay's bedroom in Chapter 6?
(a) Essay goes on a long trip, and locks his door.
(b) He urinated in the bed.
(c) He is punished for wrecking Essay's rose bush.
(d) He is deemed too old.

13. What is the phrase Wole uses to describe the odor in Essay's room?
(a) Ordered mustiness.
(b) Baked-in grease.
(c) Leaden and noxious.
(d) Imagination stifling.

14. What is NOT one of the changes Wole notices prior to his baby sister's birth?
(a) The furniture was rearranged.
(b) The sleeping mat was moved to another room.
(c) Essay always looking worried.
(d) Real milk was substituted for powdered milk.

15. In Chapter 4, how does Wole counter the accusation that he has a fear of water?
(a) He states that he loves to be out in the rain.
(b) He pours a glass of water over himself.
(c) He tries to run away to the coast.
(d) He submerges himself in a water barrel for a minute and a half.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Wole destroy the family's roses at the end of Chapter 5?

2. Which of the following best describes the temperament of the new baby in Chapter 7?

3. Why do the children make fun of "You-Mean-Mayself"?

4. What is an "abiku?"

5. At the end of Chapter 8, younger brother Dipo is given what new name?

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