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. Who is called the third vulture?

2. With whom does Odili, in his letter, say Edna can satisfy herself with if Chief Nanga is unable?

3. How much money does Maxwell say the POP has received from British Amalgamated?

4. Of what is Hezekiah convinced at the beginning of Chapter 12?

5. On what date does Odili return to Anata after first meeting with Maxwell and his friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Odili react to discovering that Elsie is sleeping with Chief Nanga?

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

3. What is significant about Odili and Edna's bicycle crash?

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

5. In Chapter 10, how does Chief Nanga further expose his corruption regarding the office of Foreign Trade?

6. What is revealed about Edna's character in the scene on the VIP porch?

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

8. What significant action does Edna take toward Odili at the end of Chapter 10, and why is it significant?

9. What worries Odili about owning a car and having a position of some prestige?

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

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

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 3

The CPC announces that it must avoid being branded communist. Why does it want to avoid such? What ideals does it nonetheless hold? What names are mentioned in members' conversations? Do such ideals seem a practical resolution to the problems facing Nigeria? Why or why not?

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