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. In what year does Odili become disillusioned with the POP?

2. What nickname offends Chief Nanga?

3. Why does Chief Nanga seek a second wife?

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

5. What does Chief Nanga's lunchtime conversation concern?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What significant action does Edna take toward Odili at the end of Chapter 10, and why is it significant?

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

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

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

8. What seems to be the likely reason that Edna becomes angry with Odili in Chapter 12?

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

10. How is the media portrayed by Odili?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the story, it is said that Maxwell Kulamo is a martyr. Analyze this statement. For what was he a martyr? How does his martyrdom advance this cause? Other than his death, what other events in the story reaffirm his status as a martyr?

Essay Topic 2

A major theme that runs throughout "A Man of the People" is the importance and perception of education. Discuss how education factors into the plot of the story: How does it affect the characters' dispositions? Does it have an influence on their political ideologies? What is the overall tone of the book toward education?

Essay Topic 3

A subtle theme in "A Man of the People" is the disparity in sexual equality throughout Nigerian society. How are women portrayed as less important throughout the story? How is this status quo challenged? What female character embodies resignation to this standard, and what character challenges it? How is this shown in the story?

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