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 town is Essay from, originally?

2. Who is the permanent headmaster of Wole's grammar school?

3. What is Wole's reaction when he sees his first white man?

4. What does Wole refuse to do in Odemo's palace that causes much commotion?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Wild Christian react to the chaos and violence that erupts at the Alake's compound?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Punishment, especially the punishment of children, is a common image in Ake. Cite three examples of punishment in the text. How is punished viewed, by both the punisher and the punished? Is it an effective deterrent to mischief?

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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