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 kasada?

2. What is the "last straw" in Sorowanke's fight with local peddlers?

3. What issue is NOT discussed at Wild Christian's women's group?

4. What is a "beater" as Wole describes it in Chapter 9?

5. What complaint does Wole make at the beginning of Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Daodu run his school?

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

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

7. Describe Wild Christian's women's group. Who are its members? What do they discuss?

8. What does Essay make Wole promise in Chapter 11? How does Wole respond to this request?

9. What problems exist in Wole's community? What are the social issues of the day?

10. What happens when Beere returns from England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wole seems to endure a lot of injuries, whether it's getting his eye cut with a scythe or catapulting off a see-saw. What might be the significance of physical injuries with respect to Wole's maturation? Does Wole learn anything as a result of his injuries?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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