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

2. After the political turmoil begins, with how much money does Odili return to Anata?

3. How does Odili respond to Chief Nanga's bribe?

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

5. What does Odili do when he realizes that his host has shamed him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Odili interpret Edna's letter?

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

Throughout the story, it is unveiled that starting a democracy is a difficult process. Analyze these difficulties as they are presented in the text. Are they due largely to a lack of education? Of what kind of education? Are there any good suggestions as to how to fix the problems in the country?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

A major theme that runs throughout "A Man of the People" is the importance and perception of education. Discuss how education factors into the plot of the story: How does it affect the characters' dispositions? Does it have an influence on their political ideologies? What is the overall tone of the book toward education?

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