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 is one of the concerns Daodu voices about the Government College?

2. In Chapter 12, why does Wee-Wee punish a boy with several dozen lashings?

3. Why does Paa Adatan feel he is the victim of racism?

4. What is the immediate inspiration for a march upon the Alake in Chapter 14?

5. What form does the protest at the Alake compound eventually take?

Short Essay Questions

1. Generally speaking, how is the philosophy in Wole's community about punishing children?

2. Per Chapter 10, describe what Wole and Edun would do every Sunday morning prior to choir practice.

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

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

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

6. What expectation does Wole have in Chapter 9 for Isara? What is the reality of Isara?

7. What sage advice does Broda Pupa give Wole in Chapter 9? How is Wole later able to use that advice to his advantage?

8. Describe the process of Sorowanke finding and creating a home in Chapter 10.

9. What is the general dynamic between Wole, Essay, and Wild Christian? What is the nature of their relationship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is Wole's view toward A) modernization, and b) Westernization. How does he contrast modern living with the world of his childhood? Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What is the nature of Wole's relationship to his community? How close are members of the community to one another? Can it be said the community is tribal? Why or why not?

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