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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Obi react when the commissioner asks him the offensive question?
(a) He remains silent until another question is asked.
(b) He bristles and considers the question useless.
(c) He calmly explains why he would never accept bribes.
(d) He insults the comissioner and leaves.

2. For which island is the boat heading when Jones recites, "Water, water everywhere; but not a drop to drink"?
(a) Cameroon.
(b) Accra.
(c) Madeira.
(d) Lagos.

3. What bothers Obi when he sees his parents when he goes home?
(a) Their poverty and disappointment in him.
(b) Their illness and age.
(c) Their frail health and their poverty.
(d) Their poverty and age.

4. Who is Obi's new boss?
(a) Mr. Omo.
(b) Mr. Green.
(c) Mr. Okoli.
(d) Mr. Umuofia.

5. What is Obi's full name?
(a) Obilo Isaac.
(b) Obiokola.
(c) Obiajulu.
(d) Obiolo St. Christopher.

6. Which two people arrive as Obi and Joseph sit in the lounge at the restaurant in Chapter 4?
(a) Sam and Christopher.
(b) Sam Okoli and Marie Atkinson.
(c) Sara's best friend arrives with Sam Okoli.
(d) Sara arrives with Sam Okoli.

7. By using the expression "Augean stable", what literary device is the author using?
(a) Mythological allusion.
(b) Biblical allusion.
(c) Folklore allusion.
(d) Historical allusion.

8. What old nickname of Obi's is revealed while Obi and Joseph are recalling old times?
(a) Still Waters.
(b) Word Warrior.
(c) Dictionary.
(d) Wordpower.

9. How does Obi view the luxurious residential area originally meant for Europeans but later occupied by the trickle of Africans who get European posts?
(a) It makes Obi think of the twin kernels in palm-nuts: one shiny, black, and alive, and the other powdery, white, and dead.
(b) He wants Clara to be happy when they marry and go there to live.
(c) He thinks it will be good to live there when he gets his "European post."
(d) He thinks it is necessary to live there to show that he has accomplished something.

10. What negative comments does Mr. Green make about Africans after his tennis match on the morning of the trial?
(a) They are all physically and mentally backward.
(b) They cannot help themselves because they are born inferior.
(c) Africans are corrupt, sapped mentally and physically, and given a Western education that they do not know how to use.
(d) That Africans are too corrupt to benefit from European education.

11. What offensive question does the commissioner who has been sleeping in the interview ask Obi when he wakes up?
(a) Whether he can rise above the laziness of his people.
(b) Whether he intends to take bribes.
(c) How long he willl survive the system.
(d) Whether he has brought home a white wife.

12. What is Obi told about the many dead dogs in the street when he visits the slum in Lagos?
(a) They are part of the "Old Nigeria" that Obi has forgotten.
(b) It is good luck to kill a dog with one's new car but bad luck to kill a duck.
(c) There is no government agency to move them.
(d) They are injured by bad drivers who do not pick them up.

13. Where do Obi and Clara meet again eighteen months after their first meeting?
(a) On the MV Vasa.
(b) On the SS Lagos.
(c) On the SS Liverpool.
(d) On the MV Nigeria.

14. When Obi and Clara go out for drinks with Minister of State, Okoli, what does the Minister drink?
(a) Martinis.
(b) Whiskey and soda.
(c) Gin and tonic.
(d) Rum and Coke.

15. Which veteran civil servant is assigned to teach Obi about office administration?
(a) Mr. Green.
(b) Mr. Okoli.
(c) Mr. Umuofia.
(d) Mr. Omo.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Obi respond to the two men he meets on his first day at work?

2. Why does the Umuofia Progressive Union meet again to discuss Obi's case on the morning of the trial?

3. Where does the boat anchor to allow the passengers to watch boys diving for coins?

4. According to Obi, what is the best European novel written about West Africa?

5. While Obi is home enjoying his interaction with his kinsmen, what thoughts does he have that indicate that he harbors resentment against the British?

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