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 the chief complaint of the Prime Minister against his dismissed Cabinet members?

2. When do Jean and Odili leave Jean's house?

3. In the beginning of Chapter 2, Odili says: "It doesn't matter what you knew, but __________________"

4. To what do Odili and Jean dance?

5. What sort of degree is Chief Nanga to be awarded?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Odili envy Peter?

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

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

7. How does "Push me down and take my threepence!" become a popular Anata joke?

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

9. Upon what does Odili reflect while lying in the bed of his guest suite at Chief Nanga's house?

10. Why is Mrs. Nanga concerned over her children losing their heritage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, it is unveiled that starting a democracy is a difficult process. Analyze these difficulties as they are presented in the text. Are they due largely to a lack of education? Of what kind of education? Are there any good suggestions as to how to fix the problems in the country?

Essay Topic 2

Present an analysis of Chief Nanga. Discuss his rise to power, his personalit, and his interactions with other characters. How does he treat others? How does he maintain his political position until the coup? Be sure to contrast the opinions of the educated and the uneducated regarding Chief Nanga.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the story, it is said that Maxwell Kulamo is a martyr. Analyze this statement. For what was he a martyr? How does his martyrdom advance this cause? Other than his death, what other events in the story reaffirm his status as a martyr?

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