Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why does Obi feel tears in his eyes at the judge's lecture even though he is prepared for the sentence at the beginning of the novel?
Obi sheds tears at the judge's lecture because by questioning how this could have happened to someone so educated, the judge is echoing Obi's disappointment in himself as well as the disappointment that all his supporters feel that he has fallen so far after a brilliant start that led to his education on scholarship in England.
2. What comments does Mr. Green make to suggest that he expected no better from Obi at the tennis club on the morning of the verdict?
Mr. Green declares that Africans are thoroughly corrupt, sapped mentally and physically by the climate and disease. He adds that they are given a Western education that they do not know how to use.
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