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 guild causes a stir when it arrives at the Assembly Hall?

2. What is the name of the soloist mentioned in Chapter 1?

3. What does Odili ultimately think of Jean?

4. Chapter 1 opens with Chief Nanga making an address at which school?

5. Whom does Odili ask the journalist about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Odili's father hated?

2. 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?

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

4. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

5. What attitudes do the foreigners at the dinner conversation seem to have toward Africa, and how do they demonstrate such?

6. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

8. On what does Odili focus during Chief Nanga's speech in Chapter 6?

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

10. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

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

In "A Man of the People," the love that blooms between Odili and Edna transforms both their lives. Analyze this theme. How does it develop? What actions create the changes?

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