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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long has it been since Odili last spoke with Chief Nanga?
(a) Three years.
(b) More than 15 years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.

2. Why does Odili have his present teaching job instead of a civil-service job?
(a) A girl.
(b) Autonomy.
(c) Money.
(d) Underqualification.

3. Whom does Chief Nanga call when he comes home for lunch?
(a) The Minister for Overseas Training.
(b) The Prime Minister.
(c) The Minister of Public Construction.
(d) The Minister of Foreign Trade.

4. What does Chief Nanga think of the president of the Writer's Society's dress?
(a) That it is ridiculous.
(b) That it needs more shine.
(c) That it looks too much like the national costume.
(d) That it is wonderful.

5. Why does Chief Nanga not hire the young man at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) He has never fired a gun.
(b) He cannot cook African cuisine.
(c) He does not know how to drive a stick shift.
(d) He has a bad leg.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes Odili's division from his father?

2. Who convinces Chief Kobino to delay the construction project between Anata and Giligili for which Chief Nanga is pushing?

3. What detail about one man's robes in Chapter 6 most catches Odili's attention?

4. Who does Odili ask Andrew about after the latter knocks at his door?

5. What does Jean interpret as a sign of lust?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Odili's father treat his family?

2. How does Odili describe the way Jean acts toward Chief Nanga?

3. How does Odili describe his reaction to being a prominent member of the dinner conversation?

4. Why does Chief Nanga scorn his old nickname, "M.A. Minus Opportunity"?

5. Why does Odili envy Peter?

6. What personal goal does Odili not considering asking for help in achieving, as stated in Chapter 2?

7. In what way does Jean primarily reveal her insensitivity towards Nigeria and Nigerians?

8. Why is Odili surprised to be awakened early by Chief Nanga after his first night at the Minister of Culture's house?

9. What attitudes do the foreigners at the dinner conversation seem to have toward Africa, and how do they demonstrate such?

10. What is significant about the languages spoken in the Nanga home?

(see the answer keys)

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