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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 is Jubril's religion?
2. This story is told from which point of view?
3. Whom does Jubril ask to come on the bus to settle the matter about his seat?
4. Who tells this story?
5. What does a nosy woman on the bus ask Jubril?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who are the narrator and Selam and what is their relationship?
2. What does the narrator do during the days after being restricted from playing with Selam?
3. What does the Chief signify in the story?
4. How is the story, "What Language is That"? different from the other stories in this book?
5. What is the narrator's father's advice to Selam regarding eating pork?
6. What does the narrator experience on the day her parents inform her she can no longer play with Selam?
7. How do the policemen who take the sick man off the bus represent the corruption that exists in the country?
8. What is the main point of the story, "What Language is That"?
9. Why does Akpan choose second person narration for the story?
10. How do the narrator and Selam find a way to communicate with each other when they are not allowed to play together?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Loss seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of loss? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.
Essay Topic 3
Choose three characters from different stories and then project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for their lives. Be sure to include geography, marital status, work, socialization, etc.
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