A Long Way Gone Test; Helms; Notes and Short Essay

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How were Ishmael, his brother, and their friends introduced to rap music?
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They watched a music video at the pool one day.
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What did Ishmael and Junior see when they went back to back to Kabati?
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They saw the burnt of the burnt body of a dead imam, who had been burned while strapped to a pole.
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In Chapter 4, what did the boys find at Khalilou’s house?
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The house was destroyed and stripped down but the money they left was still there.
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In Chapter 4, how did the boys and the other people cross the swamp to get away from Mattru Jong?
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They crossed the clearing by crawling in groups of three, one group at a time.
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How did the family of the person the boys stole from in Chapter 5 react?
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The family gave each boy an ear of corn.
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Why did it cause problems for the boys to be together in a group?
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People assumed that they were militants.
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In Chapter 8, what was the worst thing for Ishmael about being in the forest?
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He said that the hardest part was being alone.
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What happy time was had in Chapter 10?
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They were invited on a hunt by some villagers and had a feast with the animals they killed.
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Who did Ishmael meet as they approached the village where his family might have been staying?
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They met a Gasemu, a young man that used to live in the same village as Ishmael.
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Why weren’t Ishmael and the other boys killed when the village was attacked where his family was staying?
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They were on the banana farm helping carry back bananas.
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When was the first time Ishmael was touched by war?
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1993, when he, his brother Junior, and his friend Talloi left home for a talent show.
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When they left for Mattru Jong what did they carry?
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lyrics, cassete tapes, and clothing
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How far did they walk to Mattru Jong and why did they walk?
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16 miles and to save money
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When did they arrive at Kabati’s? Who is Kabati?
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2 in the afternoon and Ishmael’s grandmother.
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When they came back to Mattru Jong after the attack what did they see?
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They saw a dead man and mutilated bodies in the streets.
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Why did they go to Kamator?
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Because Gabrilla’s aunt lives there.
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What did they do there?
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First worked as guards then when the threat seemed a long way gone, they worked in the fields.
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Why did Ishmael have to climb a tree?
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To escape wild hogs.
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When Kamator was attacked where did the boys go and what happened?
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The boys were sleeping. They ran into the bush but were separated, and Ishmael slept alone against a tree in the bush while Junior slept on the veranda. this was the last time they saw each other.
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What happy time did they boys participate in?
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They were invited on a hunt and had a feast with the animals they killed and dancing afterword.
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What were the boys given when they left the village they had the feast at?
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Smoked meat and water.
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Where did the boys meet a young man that had lived in their village before the attack and what was his name? What good news did he have for Ishmael?
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They met him on a banana farm. His name was Gasemu. He told them that Ishmael’s family was in the village ahead.
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What did Gasemu have the boys do for him?
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Carry banana’s back to the village.
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What happened to the village that Ishmael’s family was in?
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It was burnt to the ground and his family was killed.
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Why did the boys have to run for hours through the bush with Gasemu and what happened to Gasemu?
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They were spying on rebels in the village where Ishmael’s family was killed and they made noises alerting the rebels of their presence. Gasemu was shot and died from his wounds.
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What were the boys told when they were getting their supplies to go into battle for the first time?
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carry more ammo than food and water, wear a green headband, and kill anyone without a green headband.
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What happened in January of 1996?
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UNICEF extracted Alhaji and Ishmael from battle.
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What did the boys do with the school supplies they were given?
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They sold them and used the money to go into the city.
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What did they do in the mornings at rehab?
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Informal school.
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Who is Esther?
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The nurse who became good friends with Ishmael.
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What did Esther ask Ishmael to do?
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Come to the hospital for a check up.
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What wound did Ishmael receive in battle?
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He was shot in the foot. He was taken to the base and treated and stayed at the base for 3 weeks. He killed the soldiers responsible for his injury.
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Where did Esther take Ishmael and Alhaji?
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The market in town, and she bought Ishmael a Bob Marley cassette and Alhaji a soccer jersey.
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Who adopted Ishmael?
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His Uncle
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What was Ishmael recommended for?
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To represent Sierra Leone at a UN conference in New York about child soldiers.
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Where did Ishmael stay in New York?
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Vanderbilt YMCA
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What was the name of the woman he met in New York? What was her career? What did she become to Ishmael?
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Laura Simms. Storyteller. She eventually became his mom.
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What did Laura Simms give Bah and Ishmael in New York?
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Winter Clothing.
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What did Ishmael do after the new leader of government took over? What important event happened after that coup?
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He left the country and fled to New York City. His Uncle died.
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Who was Musa?
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Friend from his village. They met at a crossroads and he joined Musa’s group and they traveled together.

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