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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. In Chapter 2, how does Wole entertain his guests during his fourth birthday party?

2. Popularization of the radio in Chapter 8 has people around Ake saying what catch phrase?

3. What debate do Wole and Essay get into at the beginning of Chapter 4?

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

5. What trouble does You-Mean-Mayself cause Essay and the household?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What dangerous accident does Wole cause in Chapter 5 while looking for presents? What is Wole's reaction?

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

6. Describe the incident in which Paa Adatan confronts Bote troops.

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

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

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

10. Describe the general features of the compound in which Wole lives mentioned in Chapter 1.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Wole's family structure. Is it tight-knit and nuclear, or more loose-knit and extended? How is Wole influenced by his father? His mother? Where is the line drawn between family and stranger?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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