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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. Where in Lagos does Joseph live?

2. What descriptive passage communicates the setting and culture in the Onitsha market?

3. What old nickname of Obi's is revealed while Obi and Joseph are recalling old times?

4. Although Clara is businesslike when she visits Obi's cabin, what gives him hope that she is interested?

5. What complaint does Obi make to Joseph about treatment he receives from the police when he goes out driving with Clara?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What story does Joseph recall about Obi's school days while he and Obi are at dinner at the Pine Grove?

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

7. What event foreshadows Obi's experiences with bribery when the boat bringing Clara and Obi back from England docks at Lagos?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the story of Obi suggest that his father erred in his decision to give him a name meaning, "the mind at last is at rest?"

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