Memoir:A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

How does the excerpt from A Long Way Gone end?

A. Beah becomes an orphan and is made into a child soldier.
B. Beah has a flashback of his grandmother’s village before the attack.
C. Beah reflects on a comparison between the civil war and independence.
D. Beah and his friends head back to Mogbwemo to find their families.

B. Beah has a flashback of his grandmother’s village before the attack.
What is the purpose of the details in the setting prior to the attack on Beah’s hometown?

A. to reveal the reasons war entered Beah’s life
B. to reveal what Beah’s life was like before the war
C. to make his family seem like the enemy
D. to idealize his grandmother’s village

B. To reveal what Beah’s life was like before the war
Which cities are attacked in the excerpt from A Long Way Gone?

A. Kabati and Mattru Jong
B. Mogbwemo and Mattru Jong
C. Mogbwemo and Kabati
D. Kabati and Bauya

C. Mogbewmo and Kabati
Which statement accurately reflects the historical context of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah?

A. It was published when child soldiers were still a world problem.
B. It was written and published during the 19th century.
C. It was published before the Sierra Leone Civil War officially ended.
D. It was written when Beah was still thirteen years old.

A. It was published when a child soildiers were still a world problem
When was Beah first “touched by war”?

January 1993
at the age of 11
1991
during the Sierra Leone independence

January 1993
How old is Beah when the Sierra Leone Civil War begins?

10
13
15
8

10
What is Beah’s purpose in writing A Long Way Gone?

A. to discuss whether the RUF or the government militias did the most damage
B. to shame Sierra Leone into apologizing for the war
C. to tell the story of the half a million refugees who fled Sierra Leone
D. to tell the story of how a child was made into a soldier

D. To tell the story of how a child was made into a soldier
When does Beah flash back to the last time he saw his parents?

A. when he is first given a gun and made a child soldier
B. when the refugees arrive at Mogbwemo
C. during his twelfth birthday party at his grandmother’s village
D. after Mogbwemo is attacked by rebels

D. After Mogbwemo is attacked by rebels
Why does Beah use flashbacks instead of revealing events chronologically?

A. to emphasize the regret he feels
B. to explain why the rebels attacked
C. to show how confused he was
D. to reveal why he left Mogbwemo

A. To emphasize the regret he feels
Why are the boys dressed as rappers when they leave home?

It is the best disguise during the war.
Their hobby is rap music and dance.
Beah wanted to upset his father.
They planned to perform at a talent show.

They planned to perform at a talent show
What happened nineteen years before Beah was born?

Refugees fled to Mogbwemo.
The Sierra Leone Civil War began.
Sierra Leone declared independence.
RUF rebels attacked Mattru Jong.

Sierra Leone declared independence
Similar to a(n) __________ story, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah uses literary elements such as setting and plot.

autobiographical
nonfiction
fictional
poetic

fictional
What are Junior, Talloi, and Beah doing when they learn that rebels have attacked their hometown?

skipping class in order to attend a concert
listening to rap music
studying the news for signs of war
having a push-up competition

having a push-up competition
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