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. What detail about one man's robes in Chapter 6 most catches Odili's attention?

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

3. Where is Odili from?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Odili envy Peter?

3. How does Odili's father treat his family?

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

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

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

7. Why is Odili concerned when Chief Nanga voices his intention to go to the hospital with him?

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

9. Why is Mrs. Nanga concerned over her children losing their heritage?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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.

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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