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 is Chief Nanga's previous occupation?

2. With whom did Odili live in Giligili?

3. What does Chief Nanga think of the president of the Writer's Society's dress?

4. What does the Senior Tutor take from the reception?

5. What is the name of the president of the Writer's Society?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Odili concerned when Chief Nanga voices his intention to go to the hospital with him?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Odili envy Peter?

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

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

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

10. Why is Odili's father hated?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A major theme that runs throughout "A Man of the People" is the importance and perception of education. Discuss how education factors into the plot of the story: How does it affect the characters' dispositions? Does it have an influence on their political ideologies? What is the overall tone of the book toward education?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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