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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. 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 makes light of it, saying all will be well if they remain quiet for a while.
(c) He suggests they go back to England and marry.
(d) He says they will have to wait until things settle down.

2. 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 European.
(c) A degree can make a clerk into what all Nigerians dream of becoming--more like the white man.
(d) A degree can turn a clerk into a senior civil servant at £570 plus amenities--the next best thing to being a white man.

3. How does the second doctor that Clara and Obi visit differ from the first?
(a) The second doctor gives no advice but warns that abortions are illegal.
(b) The second doctor is more understanding because he is young.
(c) The second doctor is less caring, more business like, and more interested in money.
(d) The second doctor makes light of the situation and just tells them the cost.

4. 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 missing such an oppportunity.
(b) Christopher calls him "the biggest ass in Nigeria" for being faithful to Clara.
(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 trying to change the world.

5. What foreshadows trouble for Obi when evening prayers are said on the first day of his visit home?
(a) The prayers contain references to evil women and Obi believes they are cursing Clara.
(b) The prayers are filled with references to the devil and Obi believes something has happened to his sister.
(c) The prayers are filled with references to the devil and Obi suspects his mother is dying.
(d) Obi believes references to the devil in the prayers are intended for Clara.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Clara give for making her suggestion about their engagement?

2. Where do Christopher and Obi go to play tennis with Nora and Pat?

3. 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?

4. What is Christopher's reaction when Obi shares with him the outcomes of his talks with his parents about marrying Clara?

5. What are the contents of the letter from Obi that Clara later returns?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Obi decide to apply for local leave and visit his home?

2. Why does the author place emphasis on describing Obi's deteriorating financial situation after the incidents with Mr. Mark and Elsie, his sister?

3. Why is Obi distressed by the reaction of his mother when they discuss Obi's plan to marry Clara?

4. After Obi returns from his visit home, how does Christopher react to Obi's news about the response of his parents to his plan to marry Clara?

5. As Obi and Marie Tomlinson become more cordial to each other, how does the author use these two characters to vary the portrayal of Mr. Green?

6. How does the second doctor that Clara and Obi visit differ from the first?

7. Describe briefly the incidents that occur between Obi and Clara on the night before Obi leaves for his visit to his home.

8. After Obi visits Clara in hospital and she turns her face to the wall, how do events escalate development towards Obi's downfall?

9. What changes about Obi's thoughts when Obi approaches Mr. Omo about a salary advance and learns that his financial situation is even worse than he imagines?

10. What cynical comment does the author make concerning Obi's feelings about Elsie Mark's determination to get a scholarship when Elsie Mark visits Obi?

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