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. Where did Wee-Wee get his nickname?

2. What best characterizes Wee-Wee's handling of the grammar school?

3. As expressed in Chapter 15, what school rule does Daodu believe is racist?

4. How is Beere received when she returns from England?

5. What position does the Alake have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Overall, what is Wole's view about getting an education?

5. What is Wole's first experience with Daodu? What is the outcome?

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

7. Describe the events that lead up to the violence at the Alake's compound.

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

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

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

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

Describe Wole's family structure. Is it tight-knit and nuclear, or more loose-knit and extended? How is Wole influenced by his father? His mother? Where is the line drawn between family and stranger?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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