A Man of the People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Chief Nanga do to Principal Nwege after the speech?

2. What does Andrew Kadibe try to sound like when he knocks at Odili's door?

3. How many children do the Nangas have?

4. Odili finds Elsie's friend at the hospital -- intended for Chief Nanga -- to be:

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What series of events leads up to Odili's disillusionment with the POP.?

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

4. What two admirable qualities does Chief Nanga demonstrate in Chapter 1, and how?

5. What odd contrast is revealed in Chapter 4 by Chief Nanga's interactions with Chief Kobino and the young man applying to be a chef?

6. How did Odili deal with his previous encounters with bucket latrines?

7. Describe Odili in his first encounter with Elsie in Chapter 6.

8. Why is Peter merely working as Odili's houseboy?

9. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Timothy, the Christian carpenter, says that "Josiah has taken away enough for the owner to notice." Examine the relevance of this statement to the story. How is it shown to be true in Anata? Is it true in the country as a whole? Why is it noticed differently in a small village than in the whole country? Does this imply anything about large-scale democracy, and if so, what?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the resolution of the story. Does it seem just for a military coup to overthrow the government? What are the motives of the military? What does this say about justice and politics? How is the future of Nigeria portrayed in "A Man of the People"?

Essay Topic 3

As part of the political corruption in the story, there is a strong irony in some of the governmental appointments. For example, Chief Nanga is the Minister of Culture and yet does not even know one of the country's most famous authors, nor can he remember the title of his song. Are there any other ironic governmental appointments in the story? What does this reveal about the manner of ministerial appointment in the country? What does this irony help accomplish in the plot of the story?

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