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Aké: The Years of Childhood Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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 Topics

Punishment, especially the punishment of children, is a common image in Ake. Cite three examples of punishment in the text. How is punished viewed, by both the punisher and the punished? Is it an effective deterrent to mischief?

Mr. B, "You-Mean-Mayself," and Uncle Dipo are three visitors to Wole's household. Using these three men as an example, what does Wole make of visitors? How does he regard them? Are they opportunities for strangeness and humor, or do they represent something more?

Particular attention is paid to certain "coming of age" moments, such as when Wole's Jonah rock loses its power, or when his baby sister dies. Reflect on those two events. What is learned by Wole? What is lost to him after these moments? What has he gained?

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