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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which best describes the Commissioners' attitude toward the President as shown throughout Chapter 1?
(a) Respect.
(b) Worship.
(c) Hatred.
(d) Fear.

2. To what does Ikem compose a hymn?
(a) To the Moon.
(b) To the Sun.
(c) To God.
(d) To his country, Kangan.

3. What does Ikem Osodi speak out against in his first crusading editorial?
(a) Forced marriage.
(b) Military takeovers.
(c) Public executions.
(d) Punishment without trial.

4. What is happening outside as the President holds a meeting with his cabinet?
(a) Gunfire breaks out on the streets.
(b) There is a terrible dust storm.
(c) There is a large demonstration.
(d) There is a violent hurricane.

5. What do the anthills tell the grass of the savannah?
(a) They tell about the importance of hard work.
(b) They warn about a hard drought ahead.
(c) They warn about a sandstorm on the way.
(d) They tell about last year's brush fires.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chris, which of the following describes Ikem?

2. Where is Beatrice educated?

3. How does the Attorney-General describe himself to the President?

4. In Chapter 4, the reader first learns the name of the fictional African country in which this novel is set. What is it?

5. What is Lou Cranford's attitude toward the President and his staff?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Abazon elder asks what is most important in a war--the battle-drum, the waging of the war, or the story afterwards. Tell which he thinks is most important, and why. What is the point of his analogy?

2. What does their stay at Braimoh's house teach Chris and Beatrice about the way the poor live?

3. Why must Chris leave the city?

4. What is Ikem's opinion of labor leaders?

5. What is Ikem's attitude toward women, according to Chris?

6. Who calls Beatrice with an anonymous tip about Chris, and what is the apparent purpose of the calls?

7. Why, according to Chris, does the President begin to distance himself from Ikem and Chris?

8. Why, according to the Attorney-General, might Christopher Oriko pose a threat? Does the Attorney-General seem trustworthy?

9. Explain how Chris is able to fool the police at a security checkpoint.

10. Why does Agatha refuse to serve Elewa? What does the incident suggest about class differences in their society?

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