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. Why does Chief Nanga not hire the young man at the end of Chapter 4?

2. How do the Ministers of Overseas Training and Culture cover up their fear in Chapter 3?

3. Where is Odili from?

4. What food does Odili initially ask Peter to cook while Andrew Kadibe is visiting?

5. What nickname offends Chief Nanga?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Couple's heckling of Maxwell effective?

3. What impression does Odili convey in his description of Chief Nanga's library?

4. What personal goal does Odili not considering asking for help in achieving, as stated in Chapter 2?

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

6. How does Odili initially interpret Chief Nanga's order to move Elsie's bags into his absent wife's room?

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

8. What is unusual about Mrs. Akilo and Chief Nanga's affair?

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

10. What seems to be the likely reason that Edna becomes angry with Odili in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The major theme of "A Man of the People" is the struggle of man against political corruption. Which characters embody corruption? Which characters embody the struggle against corruption? In what ways do the struggling characters fail, and how do the exemplars of corruption ultimately falter?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the character of Maxwell Kulamo. How does Odili portray him? Is Odili's portrayal of Maxwell fair or biased? What do Maxwell's actions reveal about his person? In what ways is Maxwell significant to 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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