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. When Odili meets the group of foreigners, what initially brings him attention?

2. Why does Chief Nanga seek a second wife?

3. What was the nighttime entertainment in Giligili?

4. How is Odili received at Chief Nanga's house?

5. Why does Odili have his present teaching job instead of a civil-service job?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

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

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

8. What does Odili wish the people could see about Chief Nanga?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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