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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. Where is the woman from that claims she dated a white man and that race was never an issue in Chapter 31?
2. How is Ifemelu labeled after her first diversity conference?
3. How old does Dike become on his birthday in Chapter 43?
4. What crime has Dike been accused of committing in Chapter 39?
5. What does Blaine do in reaction to the library guard who has been falsely arrested in Chapter 38?
Short Essay Questions
1. What ideas are addressed regarding African immigration at Emenike's dinner party?
2. What aspects of Lagos surprise Ifemelu when she returns in Part 7?
3. How is the motif of accents addressed by Ranyinudo in Part 7?
4. How does Emenike respond when Obinze requests to see him in London? Why?
5. What connection does Ifemelu reach with Aisha in Chapter 41? What does this foreshadow?
6. What argument do Ifemelu and Curt have regarding women's magazines in Part 4?
7. What issues does Shan describe with her editor and the publication of her book?
8. Why does Ifemelu argue with the Haitian woman in Chapter 31?
9. How are Obinze's emotions revealed through his actions in Chapter 42?
10. How would you describe Ifemelu's employer and boss at Zoe magazine?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Obinze’s relationship with his mother differs greatly from Ifemelu’s relationship with her mother in the novel. Discuss the differences of these relationships. How does Ifemelu relate to Obinze’s mother? What resentments does Ifemelu harbor regarding her own mother? Why does she harbor these resentments?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the backdrop of the Obama Presidential campaign in the narrative. How does the campaign influence Ifemelu’s thoughts on race in America? How does the campaign affect Ifemelu’s relationship with Blaine? What does the Obama Presidency signify for the characters in the story?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the themes of isolation and conformity. How do Ifemelu and other Nigerian immigrants go about assimilating into American culture in the narrative? What do you think they lose along the way toward conformity? How is Ifemelu affected by her assimilation into American culture?
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