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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many people are present to hear the speech?
2. What should political leaders NOT do, according to Ikem?
3. What does Ikem imply about charity work while addressing the charitable Rotary Club several months before?
4. What has Ikem done in the past with his writing, according to the visitors?
5. What does Ikem say when asked about plans to put the President's image on the national currency?
Essay Topic 1
A theme in the novel is the conflict between modern and traditional African cultures. Explore this conflict or dichotomy, considering the following questions:
1) How is modern culture contrasted with the traditional one in Chapter 3 as we go from a scene in traffic to a very mythical story of "Hymn to the Sun"?
2) Beatrice does not know much about traditional culture and is ignorant of myths such as the rather feminist story of Idemili. Why is this a bad thing?
3) What wisdom is possessed by the Abazon elders and how is this contrasted with the wisdom, or lack thereof, in the university group Ikem speaks to?
4) In what sense does Beatrice seem to have two people inside her--the prophetess and the modern, educated woman?
5) How do traditional and modern clash in the baby-naming ceremony in Chapter 18, and how is the conflict resolved?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The President, Sam, is not presented as a one-dimensional tyrant. Rather, he is a complex character with many positive and negative qualities. Write an essay exploring the development of this complex character.
1) What picture do we get of the President in Chapter 1? What are the negative traits of the President? What does Chris admit is a positive trait?
2) What insight do we gain about the President from his point of view in Chapter 2?
3) What is Sam like as a younger man, according to Mad Medico?
4) How, according to Ikem, does Sam change after coming to power? In what sense is he like an actor playing a part?
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