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

2. What is a "saara?"

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

4. How did Essay get his name?

5. After Paa Adatan's conflict with troops in Chapter 8, which term best describes his emotional state?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the episode in which a teacher commits a sin against Essay's rose bush in Chapter 5.

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

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

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

5. What is the origin of the Jonah rock?

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

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

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

9. Describe the changes that happen in the household when the new baby is on its way in Chapter 7.

10. How is Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya's trouble with a ghommid resolved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

How does World War II factor in to the text? Cite specific examples. What kind of mood is created by having this historical backdrop? Does Wole seem affected by the war? Is the reader affected by this knowledge?

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