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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 is the popularly-held belief about the Bote troops?

2. What is an iyan?

3. Why do the children make fun of "You-Mean-Mayself"?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 6, who sleeps on the communal mat in Wild Christian's room?

5. What was contained in Father's "mystery parcels" in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the death of Wole's baby sister in Chapter 7. How does Wole react to the death?

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

3. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?

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

5. What two new inventions is Wole exposed to at the top of Chapter 8?

6. Describe three things Wole sees during his journey through Ake in Chapter 3.

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

8. Describe Wole's gradual process of discovering the town around the compound at the beginning of Chapter 3.

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

10. Who is Paa Adatan? Describe him.

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 Wole's view on education? What can be learned in school that cannot be learned in everyday life, and vice versa? What or who influences Wole's views on education?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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