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 racist view does Beere express in Chapter 15?

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

3. What town is Essay from, originally?

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

5. What is Father's religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What expectation does Wole have in Chapter 9 for Isara? What is the reality of Isara?

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

3. How does Daodu run his school?

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

5. What opinion about shoes is expressed in Chapter 15?

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

7. How does Wild Christian react to the chaos and violence that erupts at the Alake's compound?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the nature of Wole's relationship to his community? How close are members of the community to one another? Can it be said the community is tribal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Wole describes several misconceptions he accumulates as a child. Cite three examples of Wole's childish misconceptions of things or events. Why might Wole be sharing these misconceptions with us? What do the frequency of misconceptions tell us about Wole's childhood, and the act of being a child in general?

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