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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. In the hymn composed by Ikem, who is found dead in the marketplace?
2. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Chris say he won't do?
3. According to Ikem, which is the biggest single group of oppressed people in the world?
4. Where does Ikem meet with the delegation from Abazon in Chapter 9?
5. What does the President claim to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is happening outside the Presidential Palace in Chapter 1?
2. What is meant by the "Desdemona complex," and how does it apply to the President's behavior at the party?
3. Why must Chris leave the city?
4. 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?
5. According to Chris, why does Ikem resent him so much?
6. Explain what happens in the parking lot after Ikem meets with the Abazon delegation. What does this incident seem to foreshadow?
7. Why, according to Chris, is it so difficult to resolve the conflicts between Ikem and himself?
8. Describe the relationship between the President and his ministers of government, as revealed in Chapter 1.
9. Describe the male chauvinism in Beatrice's childhood home.
10. Why, according to Chris, does the President begin to distance himself from Ikem and Chris?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the "Desdemona complex."
1) Who suffers from the Desdemona complex?
2) Is the complex just about sex, or is it about the allure of the "Other" in all of its aspects? Explain.
3) What does the Desdemona complex suggest about the state of African identity in post colonial times?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about the use of West African Pidgin dialect in the dialogue.
1) Who uses the dialect? Why do some characters use it all the time while others switch back and forth?
2) What attitude is shown toward the dialect by various characters? For instance, consider how Ikem talks "deliberately over the head" of Elewa, and how Emmanuel speaks Pidgin to Adamma on the bus.
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