Say You're One of Them Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Uwem Akpan
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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. Why do the children take Baby to town with them?

2. What does Naema's boyfriend give her on Christmas?

3. Who does Mama allow to sleep under the mosquito net?

4. Which sibling of Maisha's is the only one she will allow to hang out on the street with her?

5. Why does Yewa not want to go to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Fofo store his acquired goods and why are they really useless?

2. How do Jigana and his siblings get money from people on the streets?

3. How does Fofo Kpee explain the delivery of the new motorcycle to the children?

4. Where are the parents of the children and why do they live with Fofo Kpee?

5. Who are the members of Jigana's family?

6. What is the true extent of Mama's gratitude toward Maisha when she gets on her knees to thank her daughter?

7. What is Baba's fantasy about Maisha's life and how does the rundown taxi actually symbolize the life Maisha will have?

8. What role does Maisha play in the family and why do her parents resent her?

9. Why do Mama and Papa encourage their children to sniff glue and drink alcohol?

10. What real life issue in Africa does this story address?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Maisha in "An Ex-Mas Feast (Kenya)". What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Maisha?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in Akpan's stories.. What does it mean for some of the characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How are some of the families fractured? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Uwem Akpan is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony. Briefly describe each and identify the technique which they embody.

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