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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. Why does Wild Christian scold Wole during his birthday party in Chapter 2?
2. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what is Wole jealous of concerning Tinu?
3. What do Osiki and Wole initially have in common?
4. In Chapter 1, how is Uncle Sanya cured of his spirit possession?
5. What do people call Wole's grandfather?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Wole describe the difference in odors between Essay's room and Wild Christian's room?
2. Explain the origin of the nickname "Lagilagi." What happens when the family doubts Wole is worthy of such a nickname?
3. Why, at the end of Chapter 8, is Wole's younger brother Dipo renamed Femi?
4. Describe three things Wole sees during his journey through Ake in Chapter 3.
5. What trouble does You-Mean-Mayself cause the household? How is he finally removed from the house?
6. How does Wole react when he is jealous of sister Tinu's attending school in Chapter 2?
7. Describe the incident in which Wole is hurt by a scythe at the end of Chapter 2.
8. Describe Wole's gradual process of discovering the town around the compound at the beginning of Chapter 3.
9. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?
10. Describe the episode in which a teacher commits a sin against Essay's rose bush in Chapter 5.
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
Describe the religious beliefs Wole grew up around. How much was borrowed from tribal beliefs, and how much from Christianity? Cite three examples of religious beliefs in the text, and explain them in the context of the overall mix of beliefs in Egbaland.
Essay Topic 3
Wole describes several misconceptions he accumulates as a child. Cite three examples of Wole's childish misconceptions of things or events. Why might Wole be sharing these misconceptions with us? What do the frequency of misconceptions tell us about Wole's childhood, and the act of being a child in general?
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