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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. By using the expression "Augean stable", what literary device is the author using?

2. What is "God's Case no Appeal" that Obi comes across on the way home to await his interview results?

3. Where do Obi and Clara meet again eighteen months after their first meeting?

4. What is the stance of the organization's leaders toward his involvement in bribery in the UPU's discussions about Obi's case?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Obi reaches home, how does the author use descriptions of the rooms of Obi's parents to portray their characters?

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

3. How does Obi first disappoint the Umuofian progressive Union and the poor Umuofians who tax themselves heavily to send Obi to England to become a lawyer?

4. When Obi goes to Clara's after his visit home, how does the relationship between them take a turn for the worse?

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

6. As Obi returns to office while Clara is hospitalized, how do the issues discussed at work contrast with the serious problems facing Obi?

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

8. When Obi visits home, how does the issue of Clara being osu affect Obi's discussions with his father?

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

10. What immediate effect does Obi's new job have on his financial status and on Clara?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

An outstanding feature of this story is the author's ability to illustrate the importance of stories, songs, and dreams in the lives of traditional Nigerians. Provide detailed references to stories songs and dreams in the novel, and use them to demonstrate the validity of this assertion.

Essay Topic 3

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

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