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. Jokingly, Odili tells his houseboy, Peter, that the government passed a law saying people may only do what two times a day?

2. How long has it been since Odili last spoke with Chief Nanga?

3. Why does the girl in Chief Nanga's best story refuse to remove her bra?

4. What is the chief complaint of the Prime Minister against his dismissed Cabinet members?

5. What are the dismissed members of the Prime Minister's Cabinet called in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

3. What is Odili's perception of Chief Nanga's concerns?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Why is Odili's father hated?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The CPC announces that it must avoid being branded communist. Why does it want to avoid such? What ideals does it nonetheless hold? What names are mentioned in members' conversations? Do such ideals seem a practical resolution to the problems facing Nigeria? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

A subtle theme in "A Man of the People" is the disparity in sexual equality throughout Nigerian society. How are women portrayed as less important throughout the story? How is this status quo challenged? What female character embodies resignation to this standard, and what character challenges it? How is this shown in 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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