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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 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 battle drum.
(b) The story.
(c) All are equally important.
(d) The fierce waging of the war itself.

2. Which best describes Sam as a young student?
(a) Idealist.
(b) Intellectual.
(c) Socialite.
(d) Dullard.

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

4. What does Ikem think of the President, Sam?
(a) He is basically a good person who wants to do what is right.
(b) He is a brilliant man.
(c) He is a brutal and vicious dictator who must be overthrown.
(d) He is a fool.

5. What natural disaster has occurred in Abazon province?
(a) A drought.
(b) A hurricane.
(c) A flood.
(d) An earthquake.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which best describes Beatrice's attitude as she is being driven to the dinner at the beginning of Chapter 6?

3. Who, according to law, has control over what is printed in the national newspaper?

4. What is the meaning of the phrase uwa-t'uwa, which Beatrice used to repeat to herself as a child?

5. Which best describes the Commissioners' attitude toward the President as shown throughout Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ikem urge the students to do?

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

5. Compare Beatrice's religious attitudes with those of her maid, Agatha.

6. In what ways is the naming ceremony untraditional?

7. Why is Elewa angry with Ikem? Do you think she has a right to be angry?

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

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

10. How, according to Ikem, do working-class people expect their leaders to live?

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