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. For what does PIV. stand?

2. Why does Odili praise Edna's beauty and memory in English?

3. Of Odili, Chief Nanga, and Elsie, who goes to bed first after dinner at Chief Nanga's house?

4. Why has the crowd gathered in Anata when Odili returns from Bori?

5. Whom does Odili hear talking to Elsie through the door?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Odili interpret Edna's letter?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the first impression given of Odo, Edna's father.

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

Alone of all the political characters in the story, Odili rejects every sort of political corruption. Explicate and analyze this severe contrast between the absolute idealism of Odili, the absolute corruption and self-interest of Chief Nanga, and the practical abuse of corrupt individuals by Maxwell. Who is the most morally persuasive of the characters, and why?

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

During Maxwell's impressive but inefficacious speech, it is revealed that the people have a certain resignation as to the greater affairs of state. Analyze this resignation: how it came about, why it persists, and what implications it has for the country within the story.

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