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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What causes Wole to experience a bad eye accident in Chapter 2?
2. Who is "Tinu?"
3. What does Bukola do to get her way with her father?
4. What name does Mrs. Odufuwa give Wole?
5. What is an "abiku?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is "You-Mean-Mayself"? How did he acquire that nickname?
2. How does Daodu run his school?
3. Describe the changes that happen in the household when the new baby is on its way in Chapter 7.
4. Explain the origin of the nickname "Lagilagi." What happens when the family doubts Wole is worthy of such a nickname?
5. How does Wole deal with the prospect of Essay dying in Chapter 11? How does Essay himself deal with the prospect?
6. Describe the solution accomplished for ridding Uncle Sanya of his oro spirit?
7. What is the nature of the philosophical debate Wole has with Essay in Chapter 4?
8. Describe the general features of the compound in which Wole lives mentioned in Chapter 1.
9. How does Wole manage to wreck a rose bush at the end of Chapter 5? What is the consequence of his action?
10. What method of child punishment does Wole describe in Chapter 6?
Essay Topic 1
Examine Wole's relationship with Wild Christian's women's group. How socially aware is Wole? How socially aware is the book itself? Is Wole trying to make a social statement, or is he remaining impassioned and objective?
Essay Topic 2
British colonial rule is a rarely mentioned but important subtext of Ake. Discuss how colonial rule affects the people of Egbaland, and use examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 1, Wole speaks of his immediate family and home life. By the end of the book, Wole speaks of much wider issues at the community and national levels. Describe this progression. Is this a conscious choice on the part of the author, or just a natural byproduct of biography? How does this narrative "widening" reflect upon Wole's own maturation?
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