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. What does Odili do when he realizes that his host has shamed him?

2. After the political turmoil begins, with how much money does Odili return to Anata?

3. Why will Mrs. Nanga not accompany her husband to the United States?

4. How many girls does Chief Nanga promise Odili?

5. How does Odili manage to talk to Edna alone in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Odili's concern about the founding of the new political party?

3. How does Odili interpret Edna's letter?

4. What is the confusion about why Couple is put in jail?

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

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

7. How does Odili initially interpret Chief Nanga's order to move Elsie's bags into his absent wife's room?

8. Why is Couple's heckling of Maxwell effective?

9. What sort of reception does Odili's political campaign receive in Anata?

10. What seems to be the likely reason that Edna becomes angry with Odili in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "A Man of the People," the love that blooms between Odili and Edna transforms both their lives. Analyze this theme. How does it develop? What actions create the changes?

Essay Topic 2

The major theme of "A Man of the People" is the struggle of man against political corruption. Which characters embody corruption? Which characters embody the struggle against corruption? In what ways do the struggling characters fail, and how do the exemplars of corruption ultimately falter?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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