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 many wives does Odili's father have?

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

3. Whom does Chief Nanga call when he comes home for lunch?

4. What misunderstood African gesture does Odili explain to the foreigners?

5. Why does Andrew Kadibe think it ridiculous for Chief Nanga to be the Minister of Culture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Chief Nanga speak to Mr. Jalio, and for what reason?

2. How do Odili and Elsie meet?

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

4. Why does Chief Nanga remember Odili?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As part of the political corruption in the story, there is a strong irony in some of the governmental appointments. For example, Chief Nanga is the Minister of Culture and yet does not even know one of the country's most famous authors, nor can he remember the title of his song. Are there any other ironic governmental appointments in the story? What does this reveal about the manner of ministerial appointment in the country? What does this irony help accomplish in the plot of the story?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the story, it is said that Maxwell Kulamo is a martyr. Analyze this statement. For what was he a martyr? How does his martyrdom advance this cause? Other than his death, what other events in the story reaffirm his status as a martyr?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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