No Longer at Ease Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Joseph respond upon hearing that Obi has purchased a ring for Clara?

2. What warning does Obi's new boss give him when the two are introduced?

3. How is Obi subtly reminded of his debt to the UPU at the reception?

4. What makes Obi go to a slum in Lagos when he returns from England?

5. What surprises Obi and Joseph about the restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Joseph find surprising and what does Obi find disappointing When Obi Joseph takes Obi to dinner at the Pine grove?

5. How is Joseph proven wrong about his assumption that the owner of the Palm Grove is a Syrian?

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

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

8. When Joseph reacts to hearing that Clara is an osu, how does Obi demonstrate his strong feelings about the matter?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the roles of Joseph and Christopher in the novel, with specific reference to the role of Christopher as a foil to Obi.

Essay Topic 2

To what extent does Obi's "coming of age" experience reflect the dilemma of the young generation trapped between traditional and modern cultures?

Essay Topic 3

What are the major techniques used by Achebe to create an authentic Nigerian setting for the novel?

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