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. Before Paa Adatan leaves the village in Chapter 8, what is his final act?

2. Which is NOT a name given to the master of Wole's parsonage compound?

3. What sin does Wole describe committing in Chapter 6?

4. What is the phrase Wole uses to describe the odor in Essay's room?

5. Why does Paa Adatan wear a belt of amulets?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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