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. What do the placards carried by the Nangavanga accuse Odili of being?

2. After Hezekiah is arrested, what do the trucks take away?

3. Who from Anata offers to join Odili's campaign?

4. Where is Edna's mother when Odili first arrives at her house?

5. When Odili returns to Anata after first meeting Maxwell and his friends, where does he find a large crowd?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A subtle theme in "A Man of the People" is the disparity in sexual equality throughout Nigerian society. How are women portrayed as less important throughout the story? How is this status quo challenged? What female character embodies resignation to this standard, and what character challenges it? How is this shown in the story?

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

Present an analysis of Chief Nanga. Discuss his rise to power, his personalit, and his interactions with other characters. How does he treat others? How does he maintain his political position until the coup? Be sure to contrast the opinions of the educated and the uneducated regarding Chief Nanga.

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