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. How does the women's protest end?

2. How does Wild Christian respond to the mob violence in Chapter 14?

3. As revealed in the Uncle Sanya story in Chapter 1, which of the following is considered a rare delicacy?

4. Why does Beere travel to England in Chapter 13?

5. How does Wole react to the rite of manhood he endures in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the lashing of the boy by Wee-Wee in Chapter 12.

3. At the beginning of Chapter 9, what apparent blasphemy does Wole commit in Odemo's palace?

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

5. What opinion does Wole express in Chapter 10 about Western influences and modern living?

6. How does Daodu run his school?

7. Describe the tax controversy that arises in Chapter 13, and how the women's group addresses it.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the tone Wole Soyinka uses throughout Ake. What is his attitude toward the events of his childhood? How might tone reveal his intent in relaying his biography to readers? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Particular attention is paid to certain "coming of age" moments, such as when Wole's Jonah rock loses its power, or when his baby sister dies. Reflect on those two events. What is learned by Wole? What is lost to him after these moments? What has he gained?

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