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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 had become a "mountain of rubble" two houses down?

2. What is Jonathan's overall attitude or mood in the first paragraph of the story?

3. What is the equivalent Nigerian currency amount for the Boafran pounds paid to the carpenter?

4. Besides fish, what other food item did Maria get from her exchanges with camp officials?

5. Who hired a carpenter?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Paragraph 2, how did Maria get extra food for the family?

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

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

4. How does Jonathan acquire building materials?

5. What does Jonathan do after acquiring building materials?

6. What could Jonathan's home and the destroyed concrete edifice symbolize about how the civil war impacted Nigeria and Biafra?

7. Why is "egg-rasher" being issued?

8. Who survives with Jonathan and what does he consider this to be?

9. Is Jonathan's bicycle important to him? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jonathan's greatest miracle is his family's survival of the civil war. He holds them most dear, above even his buried bicycle and his still standing home. How does his behavior during the conflict with the thieves and immediately after the conflict support or reinforce his high value of his family.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Several one-dimensional characters are used in Civil Peace: man whose money is stolen, thief leader and his men, the neighbors, the Iwegbu kids. Which ones had the most significant impact on Jonathan? On the story? Support with story details.

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