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 does Wild Christian name her women's group?

3. What unfortunate event happens during the first week of Wole's grammar school education?

4. As expressed in Chapter 15, what school rule does Daodu believe is racist?

5. What possibility drives Wole into a depression in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Beere returns from England?

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

4. Describe the nature of the "sit-in" staged by the women's group in Chapter 14.

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

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

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

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

9. Per Chapter 10, describe what Wole and Edun would do every Sunday morning prior to choir practice.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Wole's relationship with Wild Christian's women's group. How socially aware is Wole? How socially aware is the book itself? Is Wole trying to make a social statement, or is he remaining impassioned and objective?

Essay Topic 2

What is Wole's view toward A) modernization, and b) Westernization. How does he contrast modern living with the world of his childhood? Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Mr. B, "You-Mean-Mayself," and Uncle Dipo are three visitors to Wole's household. Using these three men as an example, what does Wole make of visitors? How does he regard them? Are they opportunities for strangeness and humor, or do they represent something more?

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