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 is an ogboni?

2. What is Beere's relationship to Daodu?

3. Who visits Ake at the beginning of Chapter 9?

4. How long does the mob violence at the Alake compound last?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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?

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