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. In Chapter 4, why does Wole hide in the pantry?

2. What are ghommids?

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

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

5. What trick does Essay play on Wole with a light bulb in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, at the end of Chapter 8, is Wole's younger brother Dipo renamed Femi?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At certain points--as when Wole attends school before he is of age--Wole seems eager to mature, and at other times--such as when he is deemed too old to sleep in Essay's room--Wole seems to stubbornly refuse to embrace growth. How does Wole view his own maturation? Is maturing something to be feared, or looked forward to? Is Wole's maturation a smooth progression, or does it proceed with stops and starts?

Essay Topic 2

What is Wole's view on education? What can be learned in school that cannot be learned in everyday life, and vice versa? What or who influences Wole's views on education?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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