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. Whom does Odili notice in the crowd at the Writer's Society's hall?
2. Where do Odili and Jean go after leaving Jean's house?
3. What detail about one man's robes in Chapter 6 most catches Odili's attention?
4. How many wives does Odili's father have?
5. What is John's job?
Short Essay Questions
1. What makes it possible for Odili to marry Edna?
2. What does Odili wish the people could see about Chief Nanga?
3. What is Odili's perception of Chief Nanga's concerns?
4. Why is Odili surprised to be awakened early by Chief Nanga after his first night at the Minister of Culture's house?
5. Describe the first impression given of Odo, Edna's father.
6. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?
7. At what conclusion does Odili arrive after reflecting on the carpenter Timothy's statement?
8. Why does Chief Nanga scorn his old nickname, "M.A. Minus Opportunity"?
9. What is unusual about Mrs. Akilo and Chief Nanga's affair?
10. What two admirable qualities does Chief Nanga demonstrate in Chapter 1, and how?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Alone of all the political characters in the story, Odili rejects every sort of political corruption. Explicate and analyze this severe contrast between the absolute idealism of Odili, the absolute corruption and self-interest of Chief Nanga, and the practical abuse of corrupt individuals by Maxwell. Who is the most morally persuasive of the characters, and why?
Essay Topic 3
During Maxwell's impressive but inefficacious speech, it is revealed that the people have a certain resignation as to the greater affairs of state. Analyze this resignation: how it came about, why it persists, and what implications it has for the country within the story.
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