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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 "job" is Wole given at the end of Chapter 5?
2. What is Wole's memorable experience the first time he ventures outside the parsonage's walls in Chapter 3?
3. How might Wild Christian best be characterized?
4. Who is Paa Adatan's stated enemy?
5. In Chapter 4, how does Wole counter the accusation that he has a fear of water?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is "You-Mean-Mayself"? How did he acquire that nickname?
2. Who is Paa Adatan? Describe him.
3. Describe the solution accomplished for ridding Uncle Sanya of his oro spirit?
4. Describe the family's reaction when Wole returns home from his journey through Ake in Chapter 3.
5. Describe the "see-saw" accident that Wole gets into with Osiki.
6. Describe the death of Wole's baby sister in Chapter 7. How does Wole react to the death?
7. How is Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya's trouble with a ghommid resolved?
8. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?
9. Describe the incident in which Paa Adatan confronts Bote troops.
10. Describe the incident in which Wole is hurt by a scythe at the end of Chapter 2.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Describe the tone Wole Soyinka uses throughout Ake. What is his attitude toward the events of his childhood? How might tone reveal his intent in relaying his biography to readers? Use specific examples from the text.
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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