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 does Wole think about the Westernizing of his culture?

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

3. What are the caravanserai?

4. How does the women's protest end?

5. Who interrupts the festival given to Beere when she returns from England?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the "rite of manhood" Wole endures at the end of Chapter 9.

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

8. What opinion about shoes is expressed in Chapter 15?

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

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

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 2

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 3

Wole describes several misconceptions he accumulates as a child. Cite three examples of Wole's childish misconceptions of things or events. Why might Wole be sharing these misconceptions with us? What do the frequency of misconceptions tell us about Wole's childhood, and the act of being a child in general?

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