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

2. What does Chief Nanga say a man ought to do if someone offers to make him a minister?

3. From where is Chief Nanga's second wife-to-be?

4. Whom do Chief Nanga and Odili visit in Chapter 3?

5. How does Jean look at Chief Nanga?

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. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

4. What series of events leads up to Odili's disillusionment with the POP.?

5. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

6. What is Odili's perception of Chief Nanga's concerns?

7. Why does Chief Nanga scorn his old nickname, "M.A. Minus Opportunity"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Present an analysis of Chief Nanga. Discuss his rise to power, his personalit, and his interactions with other characters. How does he treat others? How does he maintain his political position until the coup? Be sure to contrast the opinions of the educated and the uneducated regarding Chief Nanga.

Essay Topic 3

The major theme of "A Man of the People" is the struggle of man against political corruption. Which characters embody corruption? Which characters embody the struggle against corruption? In what ways do the struggling characters fail, and how do the exemplars of corruption ultimately falter?

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