Aké: The Years of Childhood Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is wrong with the man whom Wole and Broda Pupa encounter in Chapter 9 upon returning from the farm?

2. What is tinko?

3. What does Wole think about the Westernizing of his culture?

4. Where did Wee-Wee get his nickname?

5. Odemo is the chief of which town?

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

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

Describe the religious beliefs Wole grew up around. How much was borrowed from tribal beliefs, and how much from Christianity? Cite three examples of religious beliefs in the text, and explain them in the context of the overall mix of beliefs in Egbaland.

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