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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. What advice does old President Ngongo once give to the President?
(a) Trust only your boyhood friends.
(b) Beware your boyhood friends.
(c) Rely on military training and discipline to survive.
(d) Beware the men who flatter you most.

2. Who must appeal to Idemili?
(a) Women who wish to bear children.
(b) Women who wish to marry.
(c) Farmers who wish to have a good crop.
(d) A man who wishes to take on an important title.

3. What does Sam originally want to become, before he is steered into a military career?
(a) A lawyer.
(b) A teacher.
(c) A musician.
(d) A doctor.

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

5. On what pretext does a police constable detain Ikem as he leaves the meeting at the end of Chapter 9?
(a) He is forbidden to speak to the delegation or to write about it.
(b) The officer accuses him of colluding with the Abazonians in a plot against the President.
(c) The officer says he failed to use his parking light.
(d) The officer says he is driving an unregistered vehicle.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does Ikem compose a hymn?

2. What is the crime of Dr. Ofe, the target of another of Ikem's editorial crusades?

3. What is Sam's great talent?

4. Who does the Attorney-General say may not be one hundred percent behind the President?

5. Who is Idemili?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subject of Ikem's editorial "Hymn to the Sun"? What point is he trying to make with it?

2. Who are the demonstrators outside the Palace, and what do they want?

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

4. What does the "Sun of April" represent in Ikem's allegory, and what does the allegory imply about the state of affairs in Kangan?

5. Explain what the President wants Okong to do about the demonstration. Why won't he meet with the delegation himself?

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

7. Explain how the President came to power and why he needed Christopher Oriko's help.

8. Who are the cab drivers who come to see Ikem, and why have they come?

9. How does the National Gazette distort Ikem's words to make him seem guilty? What lies are told about his death?

10. Explain the argument between Ikem and Chris at the beginning of Chapter 3. Who has more integrity, Ikem or Chris, and what does their argument reveal about the state of the free press in Kangan?

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