A Man of the People Test | Final 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. Why is Azoge's stick important to Josiah?

2. What is the name of Odili's chief bodyguard?

3. With what weapon does Odo threaten Odili on his visit to Edna's house in Chapter 10?

4. For what does PIV. stand?

5. What does Chief Nanga predict that Nigeria will soon produce?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Odili interpret Edna's letter?

2. Why do Boniface and the other bodyguards want 25 pounds, and why does Odili object?

3. What characterizes Odili's arrival at his friend Maxwell's apartment?

4. Describe the situation with Chief Nanga and the editor of the Daily Matchet, including its significance.

5. What is the general tone of Mrs. Nanga in her first conversation with Odili's while in Anata, and why is that the tone?

6. What characterizes Odili's interaction with Chief Nanga at the Samalu house?

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

8. What is suggested by the revelation that a junior member of Parliament is also a founding member of the CPC?

9. What is the significance of the poem Maxwell wrote seven years ago?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 9, Timothy, the Christian carpenter, says that "Josiah has taken away enough for the owner to notice." Examine the relevance of this statement to the story. How is it shown to be true in Anata? Is it true in the country as a whole? Why is it noticed differently in a small village than in the whole country? Does this imply anything about large-scale democracy, and if so, what?

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