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 does Essay make Wole promise him in Chapter 11?

2. What is the primary demand of the women's group when they organize a protest march?

3. Why does Essay hire a photographer in Chapter 11?

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

5. Where does Sorowanke live, according to Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 9, what apparent blasphemy does Wole commit in Odemo's palace?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Daodu run his school?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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