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. Where does Maisha keep all her belongings?

2. Fofo Kpee tells the children that they have _________________ who want to adopt them.

3. Who is outraged that he/she overslept on Christmas and lost the chance to beg from white tourists?

4. Mama thanks Maisha for _________________.

5. Kotchikpa is surprised to find that ____________________ has been in on the plot all along.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mama give her children glue to sniff on Christmas morning?

2. What does the motorcycle symbolize in the story?

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

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

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

6. What treats does Fofo Kpee give to the children and what do they think is the occasion for the goodies?

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

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

9. Who are Kotchikpa and Yewa?

10. How does Maisha's physical appearance symbolize her stolen innocence derived from her beauty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Who are two of Akpan's characters in this book who appeal to you the most? What is it about these characters that you like? What are their weaknesses? How about redeeming qualities? Are Akpan's characters believable in your opinion? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in Africa in the late-20th century when the women in the stories are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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