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. What refers to an elaborate and complex social system that combines elements of endogamy, occupation, culture, social class, tribal affiliation, and political power?

2. The man that Tewolde took the weight bench to in "Libee Migbar" was the same man from where?

3. Where was Haileab raised?

4. When Haileab left his family, he did so because he knew that if they traveled with him, they would be ____________.

5. After Tewolde's death, Mawi was looking through his room and found a picture of a boy that his brother had ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who related stories of Haileab to Mawi in "The Unmaking of a Man"? What did Mawi realize about his father after hearing these stories?

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

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

6. How did Mawi's father come to work essentially as a doctor, as described in "The Making of a Man"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the political atmosphere of Sudan in the early 1980s. How many rebel groups were there, and what were their objectives? Also discuss Haileab's vision of America. How correct were Haileab's perceptions of the United States? Who warned him against immigrating?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Mawi's experiences with bullies while staying at the refugee camp in Sudan. How did Mawi and his brother protect themselves? How was this childhood violence perceived by the adults? What did Mawi learn from his experiences fighting off bullies at the refugee camp?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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