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Selamawi Asgedom
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who met Mawi's family at the airport upon their arrival in the United States in "A New Life"?
(a) U.S. Diplomats.
(b) World Relief workers.
(c) Mawi's uncle.
(d) Christian Scientists.

2. Eritrea became an independent nation in what year?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1983.
(c) 1991.
(d) 1993.

3. To make ends meet, Mawi's family found ____________ in "A New Life."
(a) A smaller apartment.
(b) A renter for the upstairs.
(c) A job for Mawi.
(d) An energy efficient car.

4. When Mawi's brother was about to be attacked by a bully with a switchblade in "Playground Warfare," a van appeared carrying how many large black men?
(a) 3.
(b) 6.
(c) 14.
(d) 4.

5. What does the author remember playing soccer with in his homeland in "Memories"?
(a) Knots of old clothes.
(b) Coconuts.
(c) Balls of twine.
(d) Rocks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the woman who would take the children to the college to play soccer and play on the playground in "God's Angels"?

2. In the Author's Note, he states that his true name was what?

3. How many stories was the house that Mawi's family moved into in "A New Life"?

4. What was the name of Mawi's father?

5. Where was Mawi's little brother conceived?

Short Essay Questions

1. What incident does Mawi describe of being bullied terribly in "Playground Warfare"? Who saved him?

2. What example of foreshadowing does the author employ in "A New Life"? What did the family learn about American culture in this chapter?

3. What did Mawi's father teach his children about strangers in "God's Angels"?

4. Who agreed to sponsor Mawi's family in "A New Life"? What did Mawi's family make of the sights of Chicago?

5. How does the author describe the Sudanese rebels in "The Camp"? Where did the author's father want to go in order to find security?

6. How does the author describe his origins in the Author's Note? What is the political history of this region?

7. Who led the author's family across the desert in "Memories"? How is she described?

8. What did Mawi's parents believe about education, as described in "Playground Warfare"? Why?

9. How does the author describe the educational system and his interaction with other children in "The Camp"?

10. What memories does the author describe of his childhood home in "Memories"? What does he question about the memories?

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