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 does Chief Nanga think of the president of the Writer's Society's dress?

2. For what does OHMS stand?

3. Who calls while Jean and Odili are making love?

4. What is the name of the president of the Writer's Society?

5. What does Peter eventually cook for his master while Andrew Kadibe is visiting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

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

4. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

5. In what way does Jean primarily reveal her insensitivity towards Nigeria and Nigerians?

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

7. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

9. Why does Odili envy Peter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What start as separate, if related, threads in the story -- revenge, politics and love -- become entangled in Odili's life. Discuss the entanglement of these various threads and explain how an action toward any one goal ends up affecting the others.

Essay Topic 3

As the chief protagonist and narrator of the story, Odili undergoes dramatic changes throughout the narrative, but as he is the one describing them, he does not explicitly state them. Trace the outline of Odili's character development and changes, being sure to answer the following questions:

1) In what regard does Odili primarily change?

2) In what ways does Odili seem to change, but ONLY seem?

3) What other characters and events have the biggest influence on Odili's changes?

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