Things Fall Apart Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the significance of the beating of drums in the village playground, the ilo, where all the great ceremonies and dances of the village take place?
(a) The drums beat as each wrestler is thrown to the ground.
(b) The drums play the wrestling dance in preparation for the wrestling match at sundown.
(c) The beating of the drums means that the wrestling match will begin at noon.
(d) The beating drums announce that there is a winner in the wrestling match.

2. When Okonkwo was a boy, his father, Unoka, consults Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills, about why his crops always fail.. What reply did the Oracle give?
(a) That he angers his ancestors and they plague his land.
(b) That Unoka sows his yams on exhausted land rather than making the effort to clear new land.
(c) That Unoka has offended the gods and that is why his crop fail.
(d) That he should stay home and offer sacrifices to the gods.

3. Why is the big, ancient silk-cotton tree in the playground considered sacred?
(a) The tree holds all the spirits of the men who died in wars since the beginning of time.
(b) The tree holds the spirits of all the ancestors of the clan.
(c) The tree is believed to have been the first tree in existence.
(d) The spirits of good children waiting to be born live in the tree.

4. Okonkwo is sitting in his obi with Ikemefuna and Nwoye, eating dried locusts when Ogbuefi Ezeudu comes with a message. What is the message?
(a) Umuofia decides to kill Ikemefuna. The Oracle of the Hills pronounces it. Okonkwo is not to take part in the killing because the boy calls him father.
(b) Ikemefuna is to remain in Okonkwo's household as a servant for the rest of his life.
(c) Nwoye and Ikemefuna are to be declared by Umuofia as brothers for life.
(d) Ikemefuna is to be given all the rights of an adopted son to Okonkwo.

5. Okonkwo is very prosperous, owning a large compound with many huts, and an abundance of food. Ikemefuna is given to Okonkwo to live with him until the clan decides Ikemefuna's fate. How does Ikemefuna react to living with Okonkwo?
(a) He is thankful that he will never be hungry living with Okonkwo, his three wives, and eight children.
(b) He hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(c) He is pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.
(d) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to twins born in Umuofia?

2. Why do men and women look forward to the Feast of the New Yam?

3. How does Ezinma, the daughter of Okonkwo's second wife, bring fire to Nwoye's mother's hut?

4. After speaking with the elders of nine villages, what does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna about what is going to happen to him?

5. Which men fight in the final wrestling match of the day?

(see the answer key)

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