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A Long Way Home Test
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What do Ishmael, Junior, Talloi, and their friends enjoy doing in Mattru Jong?
They like to sing and dance to rap music while performing in talent shows. They go to Mattru Jong to do this. (p.7)
What significance does the moon/sky have to Ishmael?
It connects him with his childhood and the stories that his elders used to tell him. He also thinks that the sky "tells you stories" (p.17)
How do the six boys get food at the beginning of their journey?
After trying to get money and finding that it's useless, they end up having to steal. (29)
How do they escape being chosen the first time they are captured by rebels?
The rebels are fired upon by the army and they escape in the commotion (35)
How did being in a group of six boys help them?
People were afraid of boys their age and wanted to stay away because they thought they were dangerous. (37)
When was the last time Ishmael sees Junior?
During the attack on the village of Kamator. (43)
Who are the boys Ishmael meets after a month of solitude in the forest?
Alhaji, Musa, Kanei, Saidu, Moriba, Jumah (55)
Who directs the boys towards Yele?
The old man who draws them a map and does't tell them his name so that it "doesn't take up space in their memories" (56)
What do they do when they find the ocean?
The sing and wrestle and play games because they think the war couldn't possibly reach this far. (58)
How are they punished in the village by the ocean?
The chief takes their crapes and makes them walk across the hot sand, burning their feet. (61)
Why does the Chief spare them when they are captured in the hut?
Because he listens to the rap music and is amused. (66)
What does Saidu say about death?
He says that every time he accepts death, a part of him dies. (70)
What cheers them up after Saidu's death?
The thought of seeing their families in the next village. (89)
How does Ishmeal know Gasemu?
Gasemu lived in the village where Ishmael grew up. He was a respected single man. (92)
Why does Ishmael get mad at Gasemu?
He thinks that if they didn't stop to talk to Gasemu, he would've gotten to see his family. (96)
What is life like when the boys are first taken to Yele?
Very normal. They play soccer, eat meals, do chores, etc. (102)
How does the Lieutenant convince the boys to fight?
He says that they are the evil men who killed their families. He details all of the gruesome ways that the rebels kill people (108)
What prompts Ishmael to start shooting during his first gunfight?
He sees that the rebels have killed Josiah and Musa and he becomes maniacal. (118)
How does his life change after he becomes a soldier?
Instead of playing soccer, he watches movies and does lots of drugs. He snorts "brown brown" and smokes marijuana. (121)
How does he feel when he's chosen to go with the UNICEF men?
He is confused and then becomes angry and tries to think of ways to escape and return to the army. (136)
What finally gets Ishmael to start visiting Esther?
She taps him while he's playing ping pong and Alhaji is convinced that she likes Ishmael. She then gets a walkman and makes him visit her to listen to it. (143)
When does Ishmael start to believe that "none of this is his fault"?
After he tells Esther his stories and he hears the sincerity in her voice. (165)
How does Ishmael feel about going to live with his uncle?
Bittersweet because he likes his uncle, but is going to miss everyone from the Benin home. (180)
How does his trip to New York affect Ishmael?
It creates his friendship with Laura, who becomes his mother later in life. (204)
How does Ishmael escape Freetown?
He gets on a secret bus and rides it to Guinea, where he goes to the embassy. (213)
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