Civil Peace Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How many inestimable blessings does Jonathan come out of the war with?

2. What did Jonathan charge per taxi trip?

3. If Jonathan had only made one taxi trip daily for a fortnight how much would he have made with his taxi service in this time?

4. Why did Jonathan switch his money from his right to his left hand after he left the crowd?

5. This survivor's greeting is given in the first days of ______ after the war.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Iwegbu family make money after moving back home?

3. What does the greeting "happy survival" signify?

4. Why did Jonathan bribe the soldier at his door?

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

6. Why was Jonathan suspicious of the soldier that commanded use of his bicycle?

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

8. Why does Jonathan again feel so lucky after visiting the closed offices of his employer?

9. How does Jonathan acquire building materials?

10. Would Jonathan be considered an entrepreneur? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on the exchange of Biafran and Nigerian pounds in the story, discuss how the civil war affected both currencies and how this affected Jonathan and the other civil war survivors.

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

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

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