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. Chapter 1 opens with Chief Nanga making an address at which school?

2. Whom does Odili notice in the crowd at the Writer's Society's hall?

3. What does Andrew Kadibe try to sound like when he knocks at Odili's door?

4. What does the statute Odili reads in the newspaper concern?

5. What is the title of the president of the Writer's Society's book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does "Push me down and take my threepence!" become a popular Anata joke?

2. 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?

3. Upon what does Odili reflect while lying in the bed of his guest suite at Chief Nanga's house?

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

5. Why is Odili's next-door neighbor in college called "Irre"?

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

7. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

8. How does Chief Nanga speak to Mr. Jalio, and for what reason?

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

10. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

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

At the end of the story, it is said that Maxwell Kulamo is a martyr. Analyze this statement. For what was he a martyr? How does his martyrdom advance this cause? Other than his death, what other events in the story reaffirm his status as a martyr?

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