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. Who does the Alake summon to his residence in response to the women's protest?

2. What is the name of Sorowanke's boyfriend?

3. Who visits Ake at the beginning of Chapter 9?

4. What inspires Kemberi to give a speech in Chapter 13?

5. In Chapter 14, what unites the unions being created across Africa?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Wole deal with the prospect of Essay dying in Chapter 11? How does Essay himself deal with the prospect?

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

7. Generally speaking, how is the philosophy in Wole's community about punishing children?

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

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

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

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

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?

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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