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. From where does Chief Nanga get his bus-investment money?

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

3. What does Peter eventually cook for his master while Andrew Kadibe is visiting?

4. Who resents Odili's favor with Chief Nanga?

5. What sort of degree is Chief Nanga to be awarded?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Odili in his first encounter with Elsie in Chapter 6.

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

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

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

6. In what way does Jean primarily reveal her insensitivity towards Nigeria and Nigerians?

7. Upon what does Odili reflect while lying in the bed of his guest suite at Chief Nanga's house?

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

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

10. What odd contrast is revealed in Chapter 4 by Chief Nanga's interactions with Chief Kobino and the young man applying to be a chef?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Alone of all the political characters in the story, Odili rejects every sort of political corruption. Explicate and analyze this severe contrast between the absolute idealism of Odili, the absolute corruption and self-interest of Chief Nanga, and the practical abuse of corrupt individuals by Maxwell. Who is the most morally persuasive of the characters, and why?

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