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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How do the older kinsmen respond after hearing Obi's stories about being at sea?
(a) They declare that it is unfortunate that young men have to travel so far to get a good education.
(b) They declare that Obi has been to the "land of the spirits."
(c) They declare that Obi is lucky to have been to hell and back.
(d) They declare that it is good for a man to return home.

4. Why is Obi's description of the streets and market in the Lagos slum ironic?
(a) It is a far cry from the sweet Nigeria about which he writes a nostalgic poem in England.
(b) It is the same life to which Obi must return after being educated.
(c) It has not changed in all the years Obi has been away.
(d) It is nothing like his life in England.

5. How is Obi subtly reminded of his debt to the UPU at the reception?
(a) The secretary speaks of the honor Obi has brought them and refers to the obligation to pay back the investment.
(b) The Chairman asks Obi if he has made a budget and a schedule for repaying his loan.
(c) The Chairman bluntlyreminds Obi that in order for others to get the chance he received, he must be responsible about his debt.
(d) The Chairman ays that the sooner Obi gets work, the sooner he can meet his obligations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What offensive question does the commissioner who has been sleeping in the interview ask Obi when he wakes up?

2. What is Obi warned about at his farewell prayer meeting?

3. Where does Joseph Okeke take Obi after the reception?

4. What new post has Clara been offered while Obi has been dealing with his new job?

5. What is Christopher's usual response to Obi's comments about the civil service?

Short Essay Questions

1. What turn does the relationship between Obi and Clara take shortly after getting his new job?

2. What references to bribery show that the members are very familiar with corruption in Nigeria At the reception held to welcome Obi home?

3. What are the main events involving Obi at the December meeting of the UPU attended by Joseph and Obi?

4. What views about the "bride-price" do Obi and Joseph discuss after speaking about Obi's job interview?

5. What mixed feelings do members of the Umuofian Progressive Union have about Obi's situation at the beginning of the novel?

6. How welcoming is Mr. Green when Obi is introduced on his first day at work in the civil service?

7. What is the meaning of Obi's full name and why did his father give him this name?

8. How does the incident with the police and the lorry driver on the way to Umuofia affect Obi's views about getting rid of bribery?

9. After arguing with Joseph, how does Obi first demonstrate the seriousness of his intentions to marry Clara?

10. What internal conflict does Obi experience while he is on his first visit with his father at home?

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