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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. Whom does Odili notice in the crowd at the Writer's Society's hall?

2. Where do Odili and Jean go after leaving Jean's house?

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

4. How many wives does Odili's father have?

5. What is John's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes it possible for Odili to marry Edna?

2. What does Odili wish the people could see about Chief Nanga?

3. What is Odili's perception of Chief Nanga's concerns?

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

5. Describe the first impression given of Odo, Edna's father.

6. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?

7. At what conclusion does Odili arrive after reflecting on the carpenter Timothy's statement?

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

9. What is unusual about Mrs. Akilo and Chief Nanga's affair?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The CPC announces that it must avoid being branded communist. Why does it want to avoid such? What ideals does it nonetheless hold? What names are mentioned in members' conversations? Do such ideals seem a practical resolution to the problems facing Nigeria? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Alone of all the political characters in the story, Odili rejects every sort of political corruption. Explicate and analyze this severe contrast between the absolute idealism of Odili, the absolute corruption and self-interest of Chief Nanga, and the practical abuse of corrupt individuals by Maxwell. Who is the most morally persuasive of the characters, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the character of Maxwell Kulamo. How does Odili portray him? Is Odili's portrayal of Maxwell fair or biased? What do Maxwell's actions reveal about his person? In what ways is Maxwell significant to the story?

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