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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. When Wole sleeps with the other children in Chapter 6, what kind of nightmare does he have?

2. In Chapter 1, what punishment is given to young Wild Christian and Sanya for trespassing into the woods?

3. Why does Wole decide to run away from home in Chapter 6?

4. What do people call Wole's grandfather?

5. Who or what is emi esu?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Bukola? What does Wole think about her behavior?

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

3. Describe the family's reaction when Wole returns home from his journey through Ake in Chapter 3.

4. How does Wole manage to wreck a rose bush at the end of Chapter 5? What is the consequence of his action?

5. How does Wole describe the difference in odors between Essay's room and Wild Christian's room?

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

7. Who is Paa Adatan? Describe him.

8. Who is "You-Mean-Mayself"? How did he acquire that nickname?

9. Describe the incident in which Wole is hurt by a scythe at the end of Chapter 2.

10. What method of child punishment does Wole describe in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

From Wild Christian to Canon to Log-Splitter to Father, who is in fact, Wole's grandfather, there are several unusual names throughout Ake. What might these unusual naming conventions tell us about Wole's culture?

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