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 best describes the spiritual beliefs of young Wole?

2. What best characterizes Wee-Wee's handling of the grammar school?

3. What is kasada?

4. How does Wild Christian respond to the mob violence in Chapter 14?

5. What does Wole consider his "sanctuary" in Chapter 9 while staying in Isara?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the tax controversy that arises in Chapter 13, and how the women's group addresses it.

9. What happens when Beere returns from England?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Describe the tone Wole Soyinka uses throughout Ake. What is his attitude toward the events of his childhood? How might tone reveal his intent in relaying his biography to readers? Use specific examples from the text.

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