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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) He thinks it will be good to live there when he gets his "European post."
(b) He wants Clara to be happy when they marry and go there to live.
(c) It makes Obi think of the twin kernels in palm-nuts: one shiny, black, and alive, and the other powdery, white, and dead.
(d) He thinks it is necessary to live there to show that he has accomplished something.

3. What new evidence does Obi see about the pervasiveness of bribery in Nigeria on the way home on the wagon?
(a) The lorry driver bribes the police when they stop the driver for over-crowding.
(b) The lorry driver bribes the police when they stop him for driving without a license.
(c) The lorry driver bribes the police when they stop the vehicle for speeding.
(d) After being stopped by the police, a lorry driver drives until his mate runs back and pays more than it would have cost.

4. According to the Vice-President, who "eats" most bribes in Nigeria?
(a) White men.
(b) Black men and white men are equally involved.
(c) Black men.
(d) Black politicians.

5. What reason does Clara offer for saying she cannot marry Obi?
(a) She is osu.
(b) She cannot bear him children.
(c) She is already promised to a member of her tribe.
(d) She is from the outcast village of Ofuemi.

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

7. What immediate financial benefits does Obi receive when he receives his letter of appointment?
(a) A £50 car allowance and a uniform.
(b) A £50 study grant and a car allowance.
(c) A £50 lunch allowance and a uniform.
(d) A car advance and a £60 outfit allowance.

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

9. Why does Obi hope to receive support from his mother for his plan to marry Clara?
(a) They have a special bond because he is her only son.
(b) They have a special bond since she cut her hand on a razor in his pocket.
(c) They have a special bond because he is the last child.
(d) They have a special bond because she was the one who told him old African stories.

10. What warning does Obi's new boss give him when the two are introduced?
(a) That he should avoid the temptation of thinking he has arrived.
(b) That he should not be "bone-lazy" but use his "loaf."
(c) That he hopes he learned something in England.
(d) That he hopes there will not be a quick descent into taking bribes.

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

12. Although Clara is businesslike when she visits Obi's cabin, what gives him hope that she is interested?
(a) She says he is handsome.
(b) She says in Ibo that they belong together.
(c) She says she is not seeing anyone.
(d) She tells him she likes him a little.

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

14. What is Obi's theory about corruption in Nigeria?
(a) That corruption among whites is the foundation for all corruption.
(b) That only foreigners in high places can stamp out corruption.
(c) Obi believes corruption will end when the British leave.
(d) Nigeria will remain corrupt until the "old Africans" are replaced by young educated men.

15. What is the name of Obi's houseboy?
(a) Zaccheus.
(b) Zimonias.
(c) Zebedee.
(d) Zaccharia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Obi's description of the streets and market in the Lagos slum ironic?

2. What does Obi find amazing about Clara's taste in films?

3. What is "God's Case no Appeal" that Obi comes across on the way home to await his interview results?

4. How does Obi know Joseph Okeke whom he visits in Lagos before leaving for England?

5. What reminds Obi of his first day at school when he shows up at work on his first day in the civil service?

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