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. How do the women mock the Alake at the beginning of Chapter 15?

2. What is akara?

3. What are the caravanserai?

4. At the end of Chapter 7, why does Wild Christian pray for Wole?

5. What is taught at Wild Christian's women's group?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Wild Christian's women's group. Who are its members? What do they discuss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What words of caution does Father have for Wole in Chapter 9, in regards to secondary education?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

From Wild Christian to Canon to Log-Splitter to Father, who is in fact, Wole's grandfather, there are several unusual names throughout Ake. What might these unusual naming conventions tell us about Wole's culture?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, Wole speaks of his immediate family and home life. By the end of the book, Wole speaks of much wider issues at the community and national levels. Describe this progression. Is this a conscious choice on the part of the author, or just a natural byproduct of biography? How does this narrative "widening" reflect upon Wole's own maturation?

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