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. Tewolde wanted to clean windows at what building?

2. What did Haileab regularly have his children get up and do in the mornings?

3. What did Haileab do with the debris after cleaning up his new neighborhood?

4. Mawi didn't have enough money for ___________, in "Eyeing the Mountaintop"?

5. Where did Mawi and his brother take a parking meter after knocking it down?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Tewolde hope to accomplish with his business in "Libee Migbar"? What happened instead?

2. 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"?

3. How did Tewolde acquire a weight bench in "Libee Migbar"? Whom did he ask to help transport it?

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

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

6. Why was Mawi's family evicted? What happened when they moved in "The Unmaking of a Man"?

7. What led to Tewolde developing his own business in "Libee Migbar"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the settings of Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois. How do the settings of Chicago and Wheaton differ? What were the author's first impressions of each? In what year did Mawi's family arrive? How much English did the members of the family speak?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the correlations between food and culture. How is local cuisine relative to an individual's cultural identity? What did obtaining their native foods mean for Mawi's family? How does the relationship between food and culture differ within different communities and regions?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the figure of Beth in the narrative. What were Mawi's impressions of Beth? How did she help the family adjust to the culture shock of America? In what way does Beth represent an "angel" thematically in the book?

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