Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard Test | Final Test - Hard

Selamawi Asgedom
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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. Haileab decided to help the neighbors by cleaning up their leaves and getting garbage out of __________________.

2. Mawi and his brother remembered a story their father had told them about a boy who died for ___________________.

3. Mawi was a high honor roll student until he hit what level of school in "Eyeing the Mountaintop"?

4. At what nearby college did Mawi use the sports facilities to exercise growing up?

5. What job did Mawi and Tewolde do first in order to make money in "Libee Migbar"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What correlation did the author find between Halloween and holidays from his homeland in "Days of Mischief"?

2. How did Mawi and his brother almost get arrested in "Days of Mischief"? What words of their father did they recall?

3. What did Mawi know not to discuss with his parents as a child? How did he and his brother learn about the past in "Coffee Tales"?

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

5. What faux pas did Haileab commit at the family's new residence in "The Unmaking of a Man"?

6. What did Mawi find in Tewolde's room after his death in "Libee Migbar"? What did this make him realize?

7. What plan did Mawi and Tewolde develop on Halloween in "Days of Mischief"?

8. What athletics was the author involved in during high school, as related in "Eyeing the Mountaintop"? Who helped him succeed?

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

10. What did Mawi and his siblings learn about their father's birth and early life in "The Making of a Man"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the history, geography and cultures of Eritrea and Ethiopia. When did civil war break out between these nations? What were conditions of the war like? When did the political upheavals during the 1980s and 1990s originate? What led to the civil war?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Haileab's transformation in the U.S. Why was Haileab no longer qualified to work in medicine? What led to his unemployment? What health problems did Haileab develop? Also discuss the symbolism of beetles in the narrative. How does the beetle symbolize Haileab in "The Unmaking of a Man"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mawi's father's sense of morality and the morality he instilled in his sons. Was the story told by Mawi's father about the boy stealing realistic for the time and place in which it occurred? What punishment did the boys face for their actions after stealing the parking meter? Why did they fear their father more than the police officer?

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