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. When do Jean and Odili leave Jean's house?

2. How do the Ministers of Overseas Training and Culture cover up their fear in Chapter 3?

3. How long has it been since Odili last spoke with Chief Nanga?

4. Why does the girl in Chief Nanga's best story refuse to remove her bra?

5. What does Odili ultimately think of Jean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Odili envy Peter?

4. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

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

7. How did Odili deal with his previous encounters with bucket latrines?

8. Why is Odili's father hated?

9. What two admirable qualities does Chief Nanga demonstrate in Chapter 1, and how?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout the story, it is unveiled that starting a democracy is a difficult process. Analyze these difficulties as they are presented in the text. Are they due largely to a lack of education? Of what kind of education? Are there any good suggestions as to how to fix the problems in the country?

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