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 bars Odili from the school hall in Anata?

2. Why is Azoge's stick important to Josiah?

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

4. When does Odili feel the full weight of his humiliation?

5. How many floors does Chief Nanga's new house have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of Chapter 3, Odili briefly reflects on the selfishness of the new government in hoarding the leftover riches and treasures of the British government. Some critics, he states, think that because these individuals have so quickly risen to affluence, they would be more willing to give it up quickly. Why is this critical statement entirely untrue? What is it about human nature that makes people less willing to give up that which they have just received? How is this demonstrated through actions in 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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