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

2. What is Odili's father's first name?

3. Who calls while Jean and Odili are making love?

4. Why does Odili have his present teaching job instead of a civil-service job?

5. What is the name of the soloist mentioned in Chapter 1?

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. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

3. Why does Odili envy Peter?

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

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

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

7. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

8. Why is Odili's father hated?

9. Why is Odili's next-door neighbor in college called "Irre"?

10. What is significant about the languages spoken in the Nanga home?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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