Civil Peace Test | Final 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. In the cry of alarm who was said to be asleep?

2. What sounded like it might have fallen after the second knock?

3. Silence followed after the thief and his men _______________.

4. How do the thief's men feel about the smaller amount of money?

5. After Jonathan responds to thief leader's suggestion now the thief leader wants to talk "____."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about Jonathan's eldest being up and about at first light?

2. Who do the thieves call to help the family?

3. What does the thief think civil peace is?

4. Why does Jonathan refuse the leader thief's mocking offer?

5. What do the thieves ask for, and what do they say they will do if they don't get it?

6. What does Jonathan realize as he prepares to negotiate with the leader thief?

7. What happens once the Iwegbu family knows who is at their door?

8. Who comes to Jonathan's home at first light and what do they see?

9. Who is awake with Jonathan?

10. How does the thief's concept of civil peace affect the Iwegbu family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What makes this story realistic fiction? Be sure to define realistic fiction and then use story details to demonstrate how Civil Peace is realistic fiction.

Essay Topic 3

Achebe fictionalized what happened in civil war torn Nigeria after the late 1960s. He has posited that it is the African writer's duty to accurately tell the stories of his people. How is this belief reflected in Civil Peace?

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