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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Obi react to a song that the traders are singing while continuing his journey home on the wagon?

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

3. How does Joseph interpret Obi's insistence on ignoring tradition and marrying Clara?

4. According to Obi, what is the best European novel written about West Africa?

5. As the celebration continues, how does the author use an argument about kola nuts to reveal the clash between Christian beliefs and folklore?

Short Essay Questions

1. What contact has there been between Clara and Obi before being together in the Lagos slum where Clara has a dressmaker?

2. What two mistakes does Obi make when Obi attends reception held in Lagos by the Umuofian Progressive Union to welcome him home?

3. What causes Obi to storm out of the December UPU meeting in a rage?

4. What warning does the Rev. Samuel Ikedi give to Obi On the occasion of the banquet that Obi's father Isaac hold for him before he goes to study in England,?

5. What happens at Obi's job interview with the Public Service Commission?

6. What theory has he developed about ending corruption in Nigeria Before Obi begins to work? How has it evolved and why is it ironic?

7. What spoils his homecoming when Obi arrives home in Umuofia?

8. What complaints does Obi make about an encounter with the police after buying the ring and returning home to Joseph?

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

10. Why does Obi accuse Joseph of having a colonial mentality When Obi and Joseph discuss Obi's job interview with the Public service Commission?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Referring to Obi's relationship with Christopher, Clara and his parents, discuss the role of conflict in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

How is the theme of corruption introduced and developed in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of Obi's father in presenting the perspective of a traditional African converted to Christianity. How does Isaac's embracing of Christianity put him at odds with some of his villagers and establish the theme of contending religious beliefs?

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