Aké: The Years of Childhood Test | Final 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. What best characterizes Wee-Wee's handling of the grammar school?

2. What best describes the spiritual beliefs of young Wole?

3. What positive omen takes place during the protest at the end of Chapter 14?

4. What is unusual about the beginning of Chapter 10?

5. Who visits Ake at the beginning of Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Beere returns from England?

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

3. What are two examples of racist views that are brought to light in Chapter 15 by members of Wole's community?

4. Describe the "rite of manhood" Wole endures at the end of Chapter 9.

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

6. What opinion about shoes is expressed in Chapter 15?

7. What is the highlight of Wole's time on the farm with Broda Pupa in Chapter 9?

8. How does Daodu run his school?

9. What is the nature of the controversy that arises from Beere's trip to England? How does the women's group respond?

10. Describe the nature of the "sit-in" staged by the women's group in Chapter 14.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Wole describes several misconceptions he accumulates as a child. Cite three examples of Wole's childish misconceptions of things or events. Why might Wole be sharing these misconceptions with us? What do the frequency of misconceptions tell us about Wole's childhood, and the act of being a child in general?

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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