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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 Ikem's apparent attitude toward women, as explained by Chris in Chapter 5?
(a) They are beneath men and should be treated as such.
(b) They are the equals of men, according to his Marxist philosophy.
(c) They are there only to comfort him, but are not good intellectual partners.
(d) They should be held on a pedestal and treated like princesses.

2. What do the people of Abazon do to anger the President?
(a) They took over a neighboring territory, brutally murdering the inhabitants.
(b) They wanted to become an independent state.
(c) They tried to overthrow him.
(d) They voted against his becoming President for life.

3. What, according to Ikem, is the enemy of art?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Orthodoxy.

4. Which of the following are mentioned in Ikem's hymn as dying off and leaving no void?
(a) Wolves.
(b) Songbirds.
(c) Vultures.
(d) Zebras.

5. Which is most important in a great fight, according to the Abazon elder: the sounding of the battle drum, the fierce waging of the war itself, or the telling of the story afterwards?
(a) The story.
(b) The battle drum.
(c) All are equally important.
(d) The fierce waging of the war itself.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Ikem Osodi's girlfriend, Elewa, angry with him in Chapter 4?

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

3. What does Chris do that angers Ikem in Chapter 3?

4. What is one of Beatrice's nicknames?

5. What is the name of Chris's girlfriend?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ikem urge the students to do?

3. Why should the President be ashamed, according to Beatrice?

4. 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?

5. Why does Ikem feel exhilarated after his meeting with the taxi drivers?

6. How is Beatrice portrayed in the media? How does she think of herself?

7. Describe the relationship between the President and his ministers of government, as revealed in Chapter 1.

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

9. Describe Professor Okong.

10. How has the President changed, according to Ikem, and why has he done so?

(see the answer keys)

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