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. From where is Chief Nanga's second wife-to-be?

2. Which of Odili's colleagues visited England?

3. What nickname offends Chief Nanga?

4. What misunderstood African gesture does Odili explain to the foreigners?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What impression does Odili convey in his description of Chief Nanga's library?

6. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

7. Why is Odili's next-door neighbor in college called "Irre"?

8. Why is Odili's father hated?

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

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

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

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 3

What start as separate, if related, threads in the story -- revenge, politics and love -- become entangled in Odili's life. Discuss the entanglement of these various threads and explain how an action toward any one goal ends up affecting the others.

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