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 is akara?

2. What is unusual about the beginning of Chapter 10?

3. What friend does Wole make in the church choir?

4. What rite of manhood does Wole endure at the end of Chapter 9?

5. What is Wole's opinion of snake meat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the nature of the controversy that arises from Beere's trip to England? How does the women's group respond?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Punishment, especially the punishment of children, is a common image in Ake. Cite three examples of punishment in the text. How is punished viewed, by both the punisher and the punished? Is it an effective deterrent to mischief?

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