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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 subject dominates the radio waves in Chapter 8?

2. What is a "saara?"

3. In Chapter 8, how does Wild Christian react to the coming of the Bote troops?

4. Why does Wild Christian scold Wole during his birthday party in Chapter 2?

5. In Chapter 7, what is Wole's baby sister dressed in when she is buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya's trouble with a ghommid resolved?

2. What bad habit does Wole admit to in Chapter 4, and how is he cured of it?

3. What is the nature of the philosophical debate Wole has with Essay in Chapter 4?

4. What trouble does You-Mean-Mayself cause the household? How is he finally removed from the house?

5. Describe the solution accomplished for ridding Uncle Sanya of his oro spirit?

6. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?

7. Explain the origin of the nickname "Lagilagi." What happens when the family doubts Wole is worthy of such a nickname?

8. Why, at the end of Chapter 8, is Wole's younger brother Dipo renamed Femi?

9. Describe what happens at the end of Chapter 6, when Wild Christian catches Wole raiding the pantry?

10. Describe the changes that happen in the household when the new baby is on its way in Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the "moral" to the story of Sorowanke? Why does Wole choose to tell this story? What can the reader take away from Sorowanke and her treatment at the hands of the citizens?

Essay Topic 3

At certain points--as when Wole attends school before he is of age--Wole seems eager to mature, and at other times--such as when he is deemed too old to sleep in Essay's room--Wole seems to stubbornly refuse to embrace growth. How does Wole view his own maturation? Is maturing something to be feared, or looked forward to? Is Wole's maturation a smooth progression, or does it proceed with stops and starts?

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