Aké: The Years of Childhood Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which is NOT one of the things Wole sees during his first walking tour of Ake in Chapter 3?

2. In Chapter 1, what punishment is given to young Wild Christian and Sanya for trespassing into the woods?

3. What is Wole's memorable experience the first time he ventures outside the parsonage's walls in Chapter 3?

4. What accident does Wole suffer on his birthday in Chapter 2?

5. What is an "oro"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the origin of the nickname "Lagilagi." What happens when the family doubts Wole is worthy of such a nickname?

3. Describe the legend that Wole recounts in which Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya get in trouble with a ghommid.

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Wole describe the difference in odors between Essay's room and Wild Christian's room?

10. What trouble does You-Mean-Mayself cause the household? How is he finally removed from the house?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Racism is a somewhat common theme in the text, especially the friction between white colonialists and the native Africans. How much of the racist sentiments and beliefs expressed in the text are justified, and how much are characterized as excessive or ridiculous? What might Wole himself say about the presence of racism, and its effect on his life?

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