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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. Where is Odili from?

2. From what country does the other black man among the foreigners in Chapter 5 come?

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

4. What misunderstood African gesture does Odili explain to the foreigners?

5. Whom does Odili visit at the beginning of Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Odili's father hated?

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

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 does Odili wish the people could see about Chief Nanga?

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

6. On what does Odili focus during Chief Nanga's speech in Chapter 6?

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

8. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

9. Why is Peter merely working as Odili's houseboy?

10. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the character of Maxwell Kulamo. How does Odili portray him? Is Odili's portrayal of Maxwell fair or biased? What do Maxwell's actions reveal about his person? In what ways is Maxwell significant to the story?

Essay Topic 3

In "A Man of the People," the love that blooms between Odili and Edna transforms both their lives. Analyze this theme. How does it develop? What actions create the changes?

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