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

2. What name does Mrs. Odufuwa give Wole?

3. In Chapter 7, what is Wole's baby sister dressed in when she is buried?

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

5. What is the name of Wole's hometown?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Paa Adatan? Describe him.

3. Describe the "see-saw" accident that Wole gets into with Osiki.

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

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

6. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?

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

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

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

10. Describe what happens at the end of Chapter 6, when Wild Christian catches Wole raiding the pantry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the "moral" to the story of Sorowanke? Why does Wole choose to tell this story? What can the reader take away from Sorowanke and her treatment at the hands of the citizens?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1, Wole speaks of his immediate family and home life. By the end of the book, Wole speaks of much wider issues at the community and national levels. Describe this progression. Is this a conscious choice on the part of the author, or just a natural byproduct of biography? How does this narrative "widening" reflect upon Wole's own maturation?

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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