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

2. Against whom does Odili announce his candidacy?

3. What does Odili hope to accomplish through his political activities?

4. What is the title of the poem Maxwell shows Odili?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the method of problem solving that Odili unconsciously employs while reconsidering his humiliation that occurred at the house of Chief Nanga?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the story, it is said that Maxwell Kulamo is a martyr. Analyze this statement. For what was he a martyr? How does his martyrdom advance this cause? Other than his death, what other events in the story reaffirm his status as a martyr?

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 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?

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