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 is the permanent headmaster of Wole's grammar school?

2. What is kasada?

3. What town is Essay from, originally?

4. Under what circumstances does Wole join the church choir in Chapter 10?

5. On a trip to Broda Pupa's farm, which is NOT one of the activities Wole participates in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Daodu run his school?

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

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

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

9. Describe the lashing of the boy by Wee-Wee in Chapter 12.

10. What are two examples of racist views that are brought to light in Chapter 15 by members of Wole's community?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How might the Wole of today reflect on the spiritual beliefs of the older generation, which might be considered quaint or primitive? How might the waning of traditional spiritual beliefs have affected his culture? What was valuable about traditional spiritual beliefs?

Essay Topic 3

British colonial rule is a rarely mentioned but important subtext of Ake. Discuss how colonial rule affects the people of Egbaland, and use examples from the text.

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