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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 Peter eventually cook for his master while Andrew Kadibe is visiting?

2. What is the general feeling of the people toward Odili's father?

3. What was the nighttime entertainment in Giligili?

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

5. What is the name of Chief Nanga's second wife-to-be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

4. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

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

7. Why is Odili's father hated?

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

9. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

"A Man of the People" follows a common literary structure in which the action of the story moves one direction for the first half and then undergoes a reversal. Examine how this literary structure of plot parallels the development of the characters, as well as how it is essential to exposing the story's conflict, man vs. political corruption.

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