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 is Chief Nanga described as wearing when he exits his Cadillac at the school?

2. Chief Nanga says the standard education he received is worth more than what today?

3. What does Odili ultimately think of Jean?

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

5. What sort of degree is Chief Nanga to be awarded?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Odili interpret Edna's letter?

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

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

5. Describe the situation with Chief Nanga and the editor of the Daily Matchet, including its significance.

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

7. What is suggested by the revelation that a junior member of Parliament is also a founding member of the CPC?

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

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

10. What is Odili's concern about the founding of the new political party?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Timothy, the Christian carpenter, says that "Josiah has taken away enough for the owner to notice." Examine the relevance of this statement to the story. How is it shown to be true in Anata? Is it true in the country as a whole? Why is it noticed differently in a small village than in the whole country? Does this imply anything about large-scale democracy, and if so, what?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the central importance of Edna to the story. Analyze how she helps change Odili, her struggle as a woman in a man's society, and how her personality traits influence her actions.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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