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. Where do Odili and Jean go after leaving Jean's house?

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

3. Where does Odili go after Chief Nanga's important guest in Chapter 5 arrives?

4. What is Chief Nanga's previous occupation?

5. What used to be Odili's father's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Chief Koko's reaction to drinking OHMS?

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

3. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

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

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

7. Why does Odili envy Peter?

8. How does Odili describe the way Jean acts toward Chief Nanga?

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

10. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Parallel to the story and Odili's sudden turn, Chief Nanga and Maxwell Kulamo both exercise significant influence over the activities and thinking of Odili. Compare and contrast the two political leaders. How are they alike? How do they differ? How does each influence Odili? What makes them good politicians?

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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