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 long is Nwege's speech in Chapter 1?

2. Jokingly, Odili tells his houseboy, Peter, that the government passed a law saying people may only do what two times a day?

3. What sort of buses does Chief Nanga purchase?

4. What does Chief Nanga do to Principal Nwege after the speech?

5. What does Jean interpret as a sign of lust?

Short Essay Questions

1. What attitudes do the foreigners at the dinner conversation seem to have toward Africa, and how do they demonstrate such?

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

3. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

5. What is ironic about Chief Koko's reaction to drinking OHMS?

6. How does Odili describe his reaction to being a prominent member of the dinner conversation?

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

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

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

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

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

"A Man of the People" follows a common literary structure in which the action of the story moves one direction for the first half and then undergoes a reversal. Examine how this literary structure of plot parallels the development of the characters, as well as how it is essential to exposing the story's conflict, man vs. political corruption.

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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