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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) Beware the men who flatter you most.
(b) Beware your boyhood friends.
(c) Trust only your boyhood friends.
(d) Rely on military training and discipline to survive.

2. What is the SRC?
(a) The national military.
(b) A team of reporters from abroad.
(c) The committee in charge of propaganda.
(d) The secret police.

3. When Beatrice awakens the morning after her argument with the President, what does she hear a bird singing?
(a) Beatrice, Beatrice!
(b) Wake the lady, wake the lady!
(c) Is the king's property correct?
(d) Who mocks the king?

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

5. Where is Sam educated?
(a) Sandhurst.
(b) West Point.
(c) Yale.
(d) Oxford.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is drinking with Mad Medico at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. Who disapproves of Beatrice's being physically intimate with Chris while the two are not married?

3. What does the Attorney-General claim the people of the nation want from the President?

4. To what does Ikem compose a hymn?

5. What happens when Ikem goes to complain about the police constable's conduct?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whom does Okong warn the President about?

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

3. Why do the Abazon leaders fail to support the President's bid to become dictator-for-life, and what does the President do in response to their lack of support?

4. Describe Professor Okong.

5. What meaning does Chris find in the inscription "What a man commits," which is painted on the back of the bus?

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

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

8. Why, according to Chris, is it so difficult to resolve the conflicts between Ikem and himself?

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

10. 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?

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