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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

Present an analysis of Chief Nanga. Discuss his rise to power, his personalit, and his interactions with other characters. How does he treat others? How does he maintain his political position until the coup? Be sure to contrast the opinions of the educated and the uneducated regarding Chief Nanga.

Essay Topic 2

As the chief protagonist and narrator of the story, Odili undergoes dramatic changes throughout the narrative, but as he is the one describing them, he does not explicitly state them. Trace the outline of Odili's character development and changes, being sure to answer the following questions:

1) In what regard does Odili primarily change?

2) In what ways does Odili seem to change, but ONLY seem?

3) What other characters and events have the biggest influence on Odili's changes?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the resolution of the story. Does it seem just for a military coup to overthrow the government? What are the motives of the military? What does this say about justice and politics? How is the future of Nigeria portrayed in "A Man of the People"?

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