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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. With what weapon does Odo threaten Odili on his visit to Edna's house in Chapter 10?
2. When does Odili feel the full weight of his humiliation?
3. What does Odo call Odili's new car?
4. What does Edna bring Odili to drink on the sun porch?
5. What sort of force does Odili state that the paper Maxwell signed has?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Odili's concern about the founding of the new political party?
2. What is the general tone of Mrs. Nanga in her first conversation with Odili's while in Anata, and why is that the tone?
3. In Chapter 10, how does Chief Nanga further expose his corruption regarding the office of Foreign Trade?
4. What is significant about Odili and Edna's bicycle crash?
5. What significant action does Edna take toward Odili at the end of Chapter 10, and why is it significant?
6. What is the confusion about why Couple is put in jail?
7. What is suggested by the revelation that a junior member of Parliament is also a founding member of the CPC?
8. Why do Boniface and the other bodyguards want 25 pounds, and why does Odili object?
9. What worries Odili about owning a car and having a position of some prestige?
10. How does Odili initially interpret Chief Nanga's order to move Elsie's bags into his absent wife's room?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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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