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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. The narrator's parents no longer want her to play with whom?
2. What place does Selam have in her family?
3. Why is the soldier anxious to reach the village?
4. During one vacation, Selam asks the narrator ___________________________.
5. Who is the best friend of the person in #74?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the Chief signify in the story?
2. Who are the narrator and Selam and what is their relationship?
3. Who is Hadiya and how does she impact the relationship between the narrator and Selam?
4. Why are the passengers on the bus infused with a sense of urgency?
5. What is the unifying thread of the conflicts in the story?
6. What does the narrator do during the days after being restricted from playing with Selam?
7. How do the policemen who take the sick man off the bus represent the corruption that exists in the country?
8. Why are the narrator and Selam no longer allowed to play together?
9. What ban by the Nigerian government takes place just prior to the opening of the story, "Luxurious Hearses"?
10. How does Akpan's choice of second person narration affect the reader?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain Uwem Akpan's writing style. How does he deliver information? How does he develop characters? What is the general tone of his stories? What is the most appealing aspect of Akpan's writing for you? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
What is the overall setting for the stories in the book? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Akpan choose to use these places in the stories?
Essay Topic 3
The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the stories. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.
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