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. Where in the car does Elsie sit?

3. Who calls while Jean and Odili are making love?

4. With whom did Odili live in Giligili?

5. Whom does Chief Nanga call when he comes home for lunch?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

3. What is significant about Odili and Edna's bicycle crash?

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

5. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?

6. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

At the end of Chapter 3, Odili briefly reflects on the selfishness of the new government in hoarding the leftover riches and treasures of the British government. Some critics, he states, think that because these individuals have so quickly risen to affluence, they would be more willing to give it up quickly. Why is this critical statement entirely untrue? What is it about human nature that makes people less willing to give up that which they have just received? How is this demonstrated through actions in the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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