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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What helps to cement a friendship between MacMillan and Obi?
(a) Both laugh about slipping on deck.
(b) They reminisce about times in England.
(c) They reminisce about old days in Lagos.
(d) They talk about Obi's attraction to Clara.

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

3. Who chairs the prayer meeting that Obi's parents called before Obi goes to England?
(a) Reverend Sam Ocala.
(b) Reverend Umuofia.
(c) Reverand Joseph Isaacs.
(d) Reverend Samuel Ikedi.

4. What expensive gadget owned by Okoli does Obi admire?
(a) A gramophone that changes records automatically.
(b) A telephone that displays incoming calls.
(c) A television that records programs.
(d) A radiogram that tapes and plays back conversations.

5. What reminds Obi of England during his reception for which hundreds turn out?
(a) He recalls playing boring cricket while in England.
(b) He recalls with shame, singing God Save the Queen in England.
(c) A song reminds him of Empire Day when Protestants and Catholic compete.
(d) He recalls how in England every occasion warranted drinking tea.

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

7. How is the veteran civil servant characterized when Obi first meets him and the boss comes in demanding a specific file?
(a) He is asleep at his desk and he refers to the necessity of rest at intervals during the work day.
(b) He ignores Obi and grovels at Mr. Green.
(c) He jumps to his feet, grovels, and rebukes the junior clerk.
(d) He ignores the boss and reads a newspaper,

8. Why is the courtroom packed with spectators at Obi Okonkwo's trial?
(a) Because he has such a prominent position in the civil service.
(b) Because of Obi's prominence as a young scholar educated at the expense of many poor Africans.
(c) Because he is a member of prominent political party.
(d) Because he has taken so many bribes.

9. How does Joseph respond upon hearing that Obi has purchased a ring for Clara?
(a) He asks him to consider the poor people who paid for his education.
(b) He asks him to consider his poor parents who are going to be disappointed.
(c) He asks Obi to consider future generations and those who paid for his education
(d) He asks him to consider the effect on the future of both Clara and himself.

10. What are the villagers particularly happy about?
(a) That Obi has not brought home a white wife.
(b) That Obi has not forgotten his roots.
(c) That Obi will live where those who get "European jobs" live.
(d) That Obi is about to get a good job.

11. What early indication does Obi see how "Dear old Nigeria really works" as the boat docks in Lagos?
(a) A young man comes to Obi's cabin, assesses his radiogram at £5, and reduces it to £2 in exchange for no receipt.
(b) A young man offers to reduce the customs duty on his radiogram if Obi will sell it to him cheaply.
(c) A young man winks at Obi's radiogram and offers to withhold the customs receipt.
(d) A young man offers to waive Obi's customs duty for an introducton to Clara.

12. According to the author's comments, why are some people's faces sullen as they wait to greet travelers returning?
(a) A returning son has married a white woman.
(b) A returning daughter has married a white man.
(c) A returning son has divorced his wife.
(d) A returning son has not completed his studies.

13. What happens when Clara and Obi return and MacMillan leaves them after going ashore to Funchal?
(a) They decide not to see each other again because Clara is betrothed.
(b) They deide to leave things as they are and "see what happens" in Lagos.
(c) Obi declares his love and kisses Clara, who responds with a violent kiss.
(d) They make plans to continue their relationship.

14. How does Obi react to a song that the traders are singing while continuing his journey home on the wagon?
(a) He considers its meaning and is delighted when he finds out.
(b) He is embarrassed at the erotic words.
(c) He is amused that it contains erotic Ibo words.
(d) He wants to drown the noise out so he can concentrate on his thoughts.

15. What comment do the elders make about Christianity when Isaac refuses to placate the rainmaker to prevent the rain threatening Obi's homecoming?
(a) There is no point to Christianity if members like Isaac do not use it to suit others.
(b) Christianity is like palm-wine; it goes to some people's heads, destroying their sense.
(c) Christianity makes hypocrites of adherents like Isaac.
(d) Christianity is all about convenience and man's effort to manipulate others.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Obi react when the commissioner asks him the offensive question?

2. When Obi and Clara go out for drinks with Minister of State, Okoli, what does the Minister drink?

3. Why does Obi hope to receive support from his mother for his plan to marry Clara?

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

5. What shocks Joseph about Obi while they are at the restaurant?

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