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. On a trip to Broda Pupa's farm, which is NOT one of the activities Wole participates in?

2. What best describes Kemberi's oratorical style?

3. What is tinko?

4. Under what circumstances does Wole join the church choir in Chapter 10?

5. What are the caravanserai?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the events that lead up to the violence at the Alake's compound.

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

3. How does Wole deal with the prospect of Essay dying in Chapter 11? How does Essay himself deal with the prospect?

4. What is Wole's first experience with Daodu? What is the outcome?

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

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

7. How does Daodu run his school?

8. What happens when Beere returns from England?

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

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

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

What is Wole's view toward A) modernization, and b) Westernization. How does he contrast modern living with the world of his childhood? Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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