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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Joseph react to Obi telling him about the incident at the interview that causes Obi to accuse him of having a colonial mentality?
(a) Joseph advises Obi to get a job before arguing with commissioners.
(b) Joseph says Obi will pay for his disrespect to the interviewers.
(c) Joseph advises Obi to aologize to the interviewing panel.
(d) Joseph says that people needing jobs cannot afford to anger employers.

3. 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.

4. What shocks Joseph about Obi while they are at the restaurant?
(a) He eats with his fingers.
(b) He demands traditional Nigerian food.
(c) He does not eat any meat.
(d) He drinks a lot of wine.

5. Where does the boat anchor to allow the passengers to watch boys diving for coins?
(a) Port Maria.
(b) Aquaspot.
(c) Cameroon.
(d) Funchal.

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

7. Why does the UPU want Obi to study law in England?
(a) To help them with land cases.
(b) To help them to defend those charged with bribery.
(c) To groom him for future political leadership.
(d) To help members with inheritance cases.

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

9. What is the stance of the organization's leaders toward his involvement in bribery in the UPU's discussions about Obi's case?
(a) They see nothing wrong with bribery.
(b) They believe that Obi's lack of experience cause him to take the money personally rather than through his houseboy.
(c) They are ashamed that their member could have brought such disgrace upon them.
(d) They are embarrassed by the discovery that they are a party to his involvement.

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

11. Why does Obi insist on moving in to stay with Joseph?
(a) To avoid traveling the long distance to Umuofia.
(b) To avoid sleeping at his relative's house in the slum.
(c) To save money from paying a hotel bill.
(d) To avoid sleeping in a bad hotel paid for by the UPU.

12. What happens to Obi when he meets Clara for the first time?
(a) He is completely rebuffed by her.
(b) He is interested but cannot pursue her because he already has a date.
(c) He overlooks her beauty and only realizes he is interested in her after she is gone.
(d) He is tongue-tied and steps on her feet while dancing.

13. What references are made to suggest that the UPU leaders are very aware of the prevalence of bribery in government circles?
(a) The Chairman and Vice-President debate whether someone who knows book like Obi needs to "see" men.
(b) They state that someone with Obi's qualifications should be able to sidestep the bribery route.
(c) They talk openly about the importance of Obi making the rounds at the permanent secretaries' offices.
(d) They suggest that Obi should lose no time in making the right connections.

14. How does Joseph interpret Obi's insistence on ignoring tradition and marrying Clara?
(a) He believes his education can excuse his disregard for tradition.
(b) His years in England have made him resentful of African customs.
(c) His education cannot prevent him from being a fool in matters of the heart.
(d) Obi's upbringing and education have made him a stranger in Nigeria.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Clara imply that Obi should not complain when he complains about seeing "good movies?"

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

3. How does one leader respond when Obi asks the UPU leaders to give him a four-month grace period before he has to start paying off his loan?

4. According to the author's comments, why are some people's faces sullen as they wait to greet travelers returning?

5. According to the stories shared by Obi and Joseph, to which international leader did Obi write a letter while in school?

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