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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. What does the narrator's father tell Selam?
2. Who is Yusuf?
3. This story is told from which point of view?
4. What is the narrator looking for at Selam's apartment building?
5. The narrator's parents no longer want her to play with whom?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the narrator's father's advice to Selam regarding eating pork?
2. What does the narrator experience on the day her parents inform her she can no longer play with Selam?
3. What is the main point of the story, "What Language is That"?
4. Who is Hadiya and how does she impact the relationship between the narrator and Selam?
5. How do the policemen who take the sick man off the bus represent the corruption that exists in the country?
6. What is the unifying thread of the conflicts in the story?
7. What is the message of the story at the end?
8. What ban by the Nigerian government takes place just prior to the opening of the story, "Luxurious Hearses"?
9. Why are the narrator and Selam no longer allowed to play together?
10. Why are the passengers on the bus infused with a sense of urgency?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Create a character study of Fofo Kpee in "Fattening for Gabon (Benin)". What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Fofo Kpee?
Essay Topic 2
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters in the stories who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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