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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does the President send to officially welcome the Abazon delegation?
2. What is the former career of Professor Okong, the Commissioner for Home Affairs?
3. What does Sam originally want to become, before he is steered into a military career?
4. In the hymn composed by Ikem, who is found dead in the marketplace?
5. Which best describes the religion practiced by Agatha?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the confrontation between Ikem and the taxi driver in Chapter 3. What does it reveal about Ikem's character?
2. Describe the male chauvinism in Beatrice's childhood home.
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. Chris urges Ikem to "lie low." If you were Ikem, what would you do?
6. What is Ikem's attitude toward women, according to Chris?
7. Explain the meaning of the poem "Africa" by David Diop, which appears at the beginning of Chapter 10.
8. Whom does Okong warn the President about?
9. Describe Mr. So Therefore and how he got his nickname. What seems to be the attitude toward spousal abuse in Kangan?
10. Why do most well-off city dwellers from Bassa never travel to the north of the country by bus?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the idea of storytelling as a powerful tool.
1) Why, according to the Abazon elder, is the story of the battle more important than the battle itself?
2) Why, according to Ikem, are storytellers the enemies of tyrants?
3) How do Ikem's stories threaten the President? What change is he able to effect through them?
Essay Topic 2
One theme in the novel is the need for unity between people of different classes and faiths in order to create a better future for the nation. Write an essay exploring this theme in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the use of proverbs and folk tales in the novel.
1) How do the proverbs and folk tales provide a counterpoint to "Western" knowledge?
2) Choose one or more of the proverbs or folk tales to analyze and show how it relates to a major theme of the novel.
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