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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. Where did Mawi's family have a house before they left to become refugees in "Memories"?
(a) Lagos, Nigeria.
(b) Gonder, Ethiopia.
(c) Adi Wahla, Ethiopia.
(d) Kano, Nigeria.

2. What job did Mawi's father take upon moving to the United States?
(a) Plumber.
(b) Carpenter.
(c) Cook.
(d) Janitor.

3. What is the capital of Eritrea?
(a) Awad.
(b) Adi Wahla.
(c) Asmara.
(d) Djibouti.

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

5. Mawi's little brother was given a name which meant ___________ in English.
(a) "Little lion."
(b) "Gift from God."
(c) "Thank you."
(d) "Constant focus."

Short Answer Questions

1. Frank and Mbago were brothers from _______________.

2. What refers to extensive systems of codified practices and traditions of combat, practiced for a variety of reasons, including self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental and spiritual development?

3. How old was Mawi when his mother took him and his siblings to become refugees in "Memories"?

4. In the Author's Note, he states that since he came to the United States, he became known by what name?

5. What is the name of the church that agreed to sponsor Mawi's family in "A New Life"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mawi and his brother learn about their father's departure in "Coffee Tales"?

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

3. With whom did Mawi travel across the desert in "Memories"? Where were they going? How old was Mawi?

4. How did Mawi attempt to take responsibility for his family, as related in "Eyeing the Mountaintop"?

5. How does the author describe his father's transformation in America in "The Unmaking of a Man"?

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

7. Where did Haileab find control in his life, according to the author in "The Unmaking of a Man"?

8. How does Mawi describe his interactions with bullies in "The Camp"? Who came to his aid when he was attacked?

9. What did Mawi realize about his family in "Eyeing the Mountaintop"? Who did he hope to become like?

10. Where does Mawi describe his father reciting poetry in "The Unmaking of a Man"? What did he think of the poetry?

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