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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 is the name of the blog that Ifemelu writes when she lives in America?
2. What is the title of Ifemelu's blog post in the end of Chapter 31?
3. What blog title is described in Chapter 42 as "the most personal post [Ifemelu] had written about the black American"?
4. What is Ifemelu's impression of Lagos immediately after her return?
5. What is Shan's party referred to as in Chapter 37?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the theme of identity as it applies to Dike. How does Dike perceive his identity?
2. What issues does Shan describe with her editor and the publication of her book?
3. How is Esther described in the narrative? What other characters in the novel does Esther resemble?
4. How is Obinze affected by his conversation with the woman at the bookstore in Chapter 27?
5. How would you describe Ifemelu's employer and boss at Zoe magazine?
6. Why does Ifemelu argue with the Haitian woman in Chapter 31?
7. What is the root of Ifemelu's discomfort around Paula in the narrative?
8. How does Emenike respond when Obinze requests to see him in London? Why?
9. What argument do Ifemelu and Curt have regarding women's magazines in Part 4?
10. What history do Obinze and Emenike have? What connects these characters?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the motif of accents or dialects in the novel. What do dialects symbolize to the Nigerians in the narrative? How is dialect perceived differently in America than in England? What are the correlations between class, race, and dialect?
Essay Topic 2
Describe and analyze the character of Shan in the novel. How is Shan similar to and different from Ifemelu? What are Ifemelu’s first impressions of Shan? How does their relationship develop in the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
What leads to Ifemelu’s dissatisfaction at working for the magazine Zoe in Lagos? Who are Ifemelu’s coworkers and employer? How does she relate to these characters? What does Ifemelu do after leaving her position?
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