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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. When Maisha says she wants to get a full-time job, Jigana knows she is thinking about _________________________.
2. Which one of the children does NOT escape from the hut?
3. Who is Naema?
4. What does Jinga do when Maisha leaves?
5. Fattening for Gabon starts with the line, "Selling your child or nephew could be more difficult than selling ________________________."
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the policemen who take the sick man off the bus represent the corruption that exists in the country?
2. Explain Maman's behavior with her children after she decides to sacrifice herself to the mob.
3. What are some things that Maman tells Monique before Maman goes out for the evening and which is the most important?
4. Who is Big Guy and what is he looking for at Fofo Kpee's house?
5. Who are Kotchikpa and Yewa?
6. What is notable about the story "What Language is That?"
7. What does the motorcycle symbolize in the story?
8. Why are the refugees symbolized as ghosts?
9. Why is Maisha a prostitute at the age of twelve?
10. What does the Chief signify in the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book. List at least five and cite your reasons for each.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast one of Akpan's characters to someone you know in your life. Which qualities do they share? What makes them so alike? Do you like the characteristics of the two? Do they have any qualities you would like to emulate? Do you respect them? How do they differ? Explain.
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