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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. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what is Wole jealous of concerning Tinu?

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

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

4. Who or what is emi esu?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sorowanke anger the peddlers of Dayisi's Walk? How is the conflict resolved?

2. How does Daodu run his school?

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

4. How does Wole deal with the prospect of Essay dying in Chapter 11? How does Essay himself deal with the prospect?

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

6. Describe the events leading up to the women's group decision to march on the Alake.

7. What words of caution does Father have for Wole in Chapter 9, in regards to secondary education?

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

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

10. How does Wild Christian react to the chaos and violence that erupts at the Alake's compound?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Wole seems to endure a lot of injuries, whether it's getting his eye cut with a scythe or catapulting off a see-saw. What might be the significance of physical injuries with respect to Wole's maturation? Does Wole learn anything as a result of his injuries?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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