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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 and her best friend ______________________.
2. Why does the person in #115 yell at Jubril?
3. Why do the narrator's parents no longer want her to play with a certain girl?
4. Whom does Jubril ask to come on the bus to settle the matter about his seat?
5. Jubril buys a ticket on which bus line to take him out of the city to his father's village?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the narrator and Selam find a way to communicate with each other when they are not allowed to play together?
2. What is the unifying thread of the conflicts in the story?
3. Why does Akpan choose second person narration for the story?
4. What is notable about the story "What Language is That?"
5. What is the main point of the story, "What Language is That"?
6. Why are the narrator and Selam no longer allowed to play together?
7. What is the core source of all the violence that takes place in the story?
8. How had Jubril lost his right hand and why is it important for him to hide that fact while on the bus?
9. How does Akpan's choice of second person narration affect the reader?
10. Who is Jubril and why must he disguise his religious identity aboard a bus headed out of the city?i
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain why Akpan decided to tell these stories from the point of view of children. Are the events in the stories especially horrifying because the innocence of children is involved?
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
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.
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