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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. When Odili returns to Anata after first meeting Maxwell and his friends, where does he find a large crowd?
2. What animals, after leaving the Odo house, ruin Odili's plan involving Edna?
3. Why does Mrs. Nanga feel pity for Edna?
4. Where does Odili decide to place his headquarters?
5. Who bars Odili from the school hall in Anata?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is revealed about Edna's character in the scene on the VIP porch?
2. What is the confusion about why Couple is put in jail?
3. What is significant about Odili and Edna's bicycle crash?
4. How does Odili initially interpret Chief Nanga's order to move Elsie's bags into his absent wife's room?
5. What is the method of problem solving that Odili unconsciously employs while reconsidering his humiliation that occurred at the house of Chief Nanga?
6. At what conclusion does Odili arrive after reflecting on the carpenter Timothy's statement?
7. What is Odili's concern about the founding of the new political party?
8. How does Odili react to discovering that Elsie is sleeping with Chief Nanga?
9. What sort of abuses of power does Chief Nanga exercise in his campaign?
10. In Chapter 10, how does Chief Nanga further expose his corruption regarding the office of Foreign Trade?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"A Man of the People" follows a common literary structure in which the action of the story moves one direction for the first half and then undergoes a reversal. Examine how this literary structure of plot parallels the development of the characters, as well as how it is essential to exposing the story's conflict, man vs. political corruption.
Essay Topic 2
What start as separate, if related, threads in the story -- revenge, politics and love -- become entangled in Odili's life. Discuss the entanglement of these various threads and explain how an action toward any one goal ends up affecting the others.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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