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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does the author make it clear that the association between Nora and Pat, and Obi and Christopher is affected by racial issues?
(a) Nora's mother asks them to leave because she does not want her daughter disgraced.
(b) Obi and Christopher are asked not to visit again to prevent the girls being sent back to Ireland for going around with African men.
(c) They are turned out after complaints from white tennis players.
(d) They are turned out after complaints from white nuns about colored boys on the courts.
2. How bad is the situation when Obi's insurance bill actually arrives?
(a) The insurance has to be paid much sooner than Obi expected.
(b) The insurance costs £42 and Obi has £13 in the bank.
(c) The insurance costs £60 and Obi has £15 in the bank.
(d) The insurance costs twice what Obi expected.
3. What is Obi's first impression of Marie Tomlinson, his co-worker at the office?
(a) That she is having an affair with the boss.
(b) That she is having an affair with a black clerk.
(c) That she is a spy.
(d) That she is carrying tales to Mr. Omo.
4. When Obi finally reaches Clara's house, how does he relate the outcomes of his visit home?
(a) He tells her they have to call off the marriage but he will be with her anyway.
(b) He says they will have to wait until things settle down.
(c) He suggests they go back to England and marry.
(d) He makes light of it, saying all will be well if they remain quiet for a while.
5. What cynical feeling does Obi have about seeing how insistent the Marks family is on doing whatever it takes for Elsie to get a scholarship?
(a) A degree can turn a clerk into a senior civil servant with a high salary--the next best thing to being European.
(b) A degree can turn a clerk into a senior civil servant at £570 plus amenities--the next best thing to being a white man.
(c) A degree can turn a clerk into a European.
(d) A degree can make a clerk into what all Nigerians dream of becoming--more like the white man.
6. Why does Obi tell Christopher a story about a catechist twenty years before who was in such a hurry to marry that she cut her education short and was bitter?
(a) To demonstrate the troubles men encounter because of women.
(b) To encourage Christopher to consider becoming a Christian.
(c) To prevent Christopher from causing a woman to be bitter about being prevented from completing her studies.
(d) To warn Christopher about the dangers of having more than one woman.
7. How does the author suggest that there is more than tennis to the relationship that Obi and Christoper have with Nora and Pat?
(a) He writes that Nora rebuffs Obi's passionate kiss, saying it is a sin for Catholics.
(b) He writes that Obi accuses Nora and Pat of racism because they rebuff their advances.
(c) He writes that Obi kisses Pat passionately and the Mother sees them.
(d) He writes that Obi and Christopher quarrel over Nora.
8. What is Christopher's response to hearing that Obi turned down advances from Elsie Mark?
(a) Christopher calls him "the biggest ass in Nigeria" for being faithful to Clara.
(b) Christopher calls him "the biggest ass in Nigeria" for trying to change the world.
(c) Christopher calls him "the biggest ass in Nigeria" because he has left the girl thinking him impotent.
(d) Christopher calls him "the biggest ass in Nigeria" for missing such an oppportunity.
9. What feelings does Obi have when he sees his mother?
(a) He is relieved that she is not as bad as he feared.
(b) He is encouraged to see her improvement.
(c) He is frightened to see how much weight she has lost.
(d) He is full of grief over her emaciated condition.
10. How do the visitors at Obi's home react after he has been there a couple of days?
(a) They are disappointed that Obi has lost touch with them.
(b) They become distant because he tries to stand up to his father for an unworthy woman.
(c) They feel closer to Obi because he accepts his father's decision.
(d) They take offense because he stays in his room and they are told he is ill.
11. How does Obi respond when his father broaches the subject of his relationship with Clara?
(a) Obi says he wants to meet her people and start negotiations.
(b) Obi says he is not sure whether he should marry Clara.
(c) Obi says he is worried about the relationship.
(d) Obi says he loves her and will marry her no matter what.
12. What news from home necessitates Obi taking leave to visit his village?
(a) Obi's mother dies and his father needs support.
(b) Obi's father becomes seriously ill and his mother wants him home.
(c) One of Obi's siblings has died and the family needs him.
(d) His father writes to say Obi's mother has been hospitalized and that he needs to discuss an urgent matter with Obi.
13. How does Joseph show support for Obi after his mother dies?
(a) He offers to go with him to the village even though it wil be after his mother's funeral.
(b) He stays and talks with him through the night.
(c) Joseph brings beer for delegations of UPU mourners who might drop by.
(d) He offers to find Clara and bring her back.
14. What is Obi's financial situation like as he is on his way home?
(a) He has enough money because of his leave pay.
(b) He has less than he needs and owes money on John's school fees.
(c) He has no money and will not be able to pay John's school fees.
(d) He has only John's schoool fees and some small change.
15. After Clara and Obi discuss the situation concerning the response of his parents to their engagement, what comments of Clara foreshadow further trouble?
(a) She reveals that she is pregnant but wants him to leave it to her to manage it..
(b) She says she is in trouble at work but she is working things out.
(c) Clara says there is something she had wanted to tell him, but she should be able to take care of it herself.
(d) She reveals that her parents are also against the marriage.
Short Answer Questions
1. How do the circumstances surrounding Clara's hospitalization contribute to Obi's eventual downfall?
2. What does Clara say about their engagement the night before Obi goes home on leave?
3. What causes Obi's failure to repay Clara's money?
4. For what kind of leave does Obi apply when he has to go home to deal with the news he receives?
5. What brings a bad end to the occasion at the end of the evening after the two couples have enjoyed themselves?
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