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. Why is Wole disappointed when he reaches Isara in Chapter 9?

2. What is the primary demand of the women's group when they organize a protest march?

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

4. What best describes Kemberi's oratorical style?

5. What happens to the naked woman at the beginning of Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Daodu run his school?

4. How does the Alake respond to the women's march?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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