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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 does Chris do that angers Ikem in Chapter 3?
(a) Forbids him to write a story about the delegation.
(b) Shouts at him in front of the Council.
(c) Tells a lie about him to the President.
(d) Hangs up the phone on him.
2. At the beginning of Chapter 6, who invites Beatrice to a private dinner?
3. According to the African legend recounted by Ikem, what is once true about the Sky?
(a) It was close to the Earth.
(b) It was made of food.
(c) It was a woman.
(d) It was white instead of blue.
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. Why is Ikem Osodi's girlfriend, Elewa, angry with him in Chapter 4?
(a) Ikem will not eat the food Elewa cooked.
(b) She thinks Ikem's controversial editorials are putting them both at risk.
(c) Ikem refused to call the police when the neighbor beat his wife.
(d) Ikem is sending her home.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which best describes Chris's opinion of Okong?
2. Which is true about the Abazon elder?
3. What does Ikem think of the President, Sam?
4. What advice does old President Ngongo once give to the President?
5. In their conversation near the end of Chapter 8, what does Beatrice urge Chris to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. Whom does Okong warn the President about?
2. What does Ikem mean when he says it is a writer's job to give headaches and not prescriptions? Do you agree with this statement?
3. What does Ikem urge the students to do?
4. 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?
5. Why should the President be ashamed, according to Beatrice?
6. Who is Idemili and what does the folk tale about her convey about female power?
7. Explain what happens in the parking lot after Ikem meets with the Abazon delegation. What does this incident seem to foreshadow?
8. What is Ikem's opinion of labor leaders?
9. What is the subject of Ikem's editorial "Hymn to the Sun"? What point is he trying to make with it?
10. Describe the male chauvinism in Beatrice's childhood home.
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