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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. What was Jonathan's house made of?

2. What caused the value of the Biafra pound to plummet?

3. How many sheets were missing from the roof?

4. During the war, who requested Jonathan's bicycle for "urgent" action?

5. What is this lead character's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jonathan make money with his new service in paragraph 3?

2. Why does Jonathan often say, "nothing puzzles God."

3. What does Jonathan's home mean to him and his family?

4. Besides his thankfulness of his present survival, how does Jonathan feel about the future for him and his family?

5. How does Achebe show possible military corruption in the story when the thief is offering to call for help on behalf of the Iwegbu family?

6. What has happened to Jonathan's town because of the civil war?

7. Why do the men with the thief leader disagree with him?

8. What doesJonathan find miraculous upon his return to Enugu?

9. Where did the money that Jonathan used to bribe the soldier come from?

10. What does Jonathan offer the thief and how does the thief leader and his men respond?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Achebe presents several themes in this story. How does the Iwegbu family embody each of these specific themes: survival, family cohesiveness, and resourcefulness?

Essay Topic 2

Achebe advocated for the fallen Biafran Republic and eventually left Nigeria for Europe to keep from being imprisoned by the Nigerian government. In Civil Peace, during and beyond the war, there are hints of the Nigerian government doing what it can to stamp out the rebels, their money, and their authority. What are some instances of this from the story? Discuss these issues surrounding the instability of the Nigerian government and the Biafran Republic as told through Civil Peace.

Essay Topic 3

Jonathan kept his money in the house in a strong box. How does this help the thief? How does this help Jonathan and his family? If the money had been in a bank, how would this have affected the story?

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