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A Man of the People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Odili notice in the crowd at the Writer's Society's hall?



2. Where do Odili and Jean go after leaving Jean's house?



3. What detail about one man's robes in Chapter 6 most catches Odili's attention?



4. How many wives does Odili's father have?



5. What is John's job?



Short Essay Questions

1. What makes it possible for Odili to marry Edna?



2. What does Odili wish the people could see about Chief Nanga?



3. What is Odili's perception of Chief Nanga's concerns?



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



5. Describe the first impression given of Odo, Edna's father.



6. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?



7. At what conclusion does Odili arrive after reflecting on the carpenter Timothy's statement?



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



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



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



Essay Topics

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.

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?

During Maxwell's impressive but inefficacious speech, it is revealed that the people have a certain resignation as to the greater affairs of state. Analyze this resignation: how it came about, why it persists, and what implications it has for the country within the story.

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