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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. How does the Attorney-General describe himself to the President?
(a) As a poor ignorant bush person.
(b) As the equal to any white man.
(c) As a slave to his master.
(d) As a good friend, like a brother to the President.

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

3. What does the powerful man have, according to the expression used by the Abazon elder?
(a) The palm oil and wine.
(b) The lightning bolt.
(c) The yam and the knife.
(d) The ear of God.

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 tell about last year's brush fires.
(d) They warn about a sandstorm on the way.

5. What happens when Ikem goes to complain about the police constable's conduct?
(a) The officer who detained him denies ever seeing him before.
(b) The officer who detained him is reprimanded severely.
(c) He is jailed.
(d) He is threatened.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the Eye of God in the hymn?

3. How does Mad Medico address the President?

4. What is the name of the school attended by the President and Chris Oriko?

5. What does the President say is true of all African chiefs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story of the leopard and the tortoise. Why does the Abazon elder tell this story?

2. Why must Chris leave the city?

3. 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?

4. Why is the President so angry with Ikem?

5. Describe the case of Mad Medico and Dr. Ofe. Why does the President's response to the crisis give Ikem hope?

6. What does their stay at Braimoh's house teach Chris and Beatrice about the way the poor live?

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

8. Why is Beatrice unhappy about the dinner invitation from the President?

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

10. To whom are storytellers a threat, according to Ikem?

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