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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Unoka sows his yams on exhausted land rather than making the effort to clear new land.
(b) That he angers his ancestors and they plague his 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.

2. Which of the spectators of the wrestling match are allowed to sit around the huge circle of the wrestling ring?
(a) The elders, grandees, a few early comers in the stands, and the drummers.
(b) Women and children.
(c) Pregnant women.
(d) The wrestlers waiting for their matches.

3. How does Okonkwo react to the disastrous growing season that destroy all his yams and the yams of his people?
(a) He gives up being a farmer, and begins looking for a new trade.
(b) He cries and sinks into despair.
(c) He feels he can survive anything, since he has survived this disastrous year.
(d) His heart is broken from the loss of his crop, leaving him depressed and suicidal.

4. Why do all the women abandon preparing the food for the uri and rush off to the Obierika's crop field?
(a) A neighbor's child went to the field and started picking the crops.
(b) A fire broke out in the field and the women have to stomp it out.
(c) There is a cow loose in the field eating the crops and the women have to catch it.
(d) The locusts landed on the crops and have to be brushed off the leaves.

5. While talking with Okoye about the war, Unkona changes the subject to which topic?
(a) Music
(b) Heavy rains
(c) Ancestral feasts
(d) Farming

6. Why does Okoye need to collect a past debt from Unkona?
(a) Okoye needs money to help him overcome his failures.
(b) To buy yams for his three wives.
(c) To help pay for the expensive Idemili title ceremony.
(d) To buy a new ogene, the musical instrument Okoye played.

7. What is the custom in the village of Obodoani if a man dies during the Week of Peace?
(a) The man is buried outside the village.
(b) The man is buried as deep as two graves.
(c) The man is burned to ashes, instead of buried.
(d) The man is not buried, but cast into the Evil Forest.

8. The Ibo people consider conversation to be very important. What form of conversation do they regard the most highly?
(a) Orations
(b) Proverbs
(c) Rhyming
(d) Sarcasm

9. What are the crops that are considered women's crops by the people of Umuofia?
(a) Coco-yams, beans, cassava
(b) Gourds, bananas, oil bean
(c) Palms, bitter-leaf, foo foo
(d) Yams, kola nuts, greens

10. Where does Obierika send one of his relatives to get a fat goat to give to his in-laws during the uri?
(a) The goat farm in the village
(b) To the hills where wild goats roam free
(c) To a neighboring goat herder known for his fat goats
(d) The wonderful market in Umuike

11. What does Okonkwo bring back from the bush while Ezinma lays sick in Ekwefi's hut?
(a) Bananas to mix with palm oil, forming a paste which Ezinma can eat easily. This will help keep up her strength.
(b) Three small birds to offer as sacrifice to the gods, so Ezinma will get well.
(c) A bundle of medicinal plants, grasses, leaves, roots and barks.
(d) Soil from the bush to mix with water and form into mud which can be rubbed on Ezinma's body to bring down the fever.

12. Where does the powerful Oracle of the Hills, Agbala, live?
(a) In a large, handsomely endowed compound in the hills filled with the gifts from those asking for a consultation.
(b) Through a round hole in the side of the hill leading to a dimly lit cave.
(c) In the treetops with all the climbing creatures of Umuofia.
(d) Deep underground with the creatures of the soil, beneath the hills and all things that live above the ground.

13. How does Unoka react when Okoye asks him to repay the two hundred cowries owed to him?
(a) He tells Okoye that he would be paid before anyone else.
(b) He bursts out laughing.
(c) He promises to repay the money without delay.
(d) He offers kola nuts as repayment instead of money.

14. Where does Chielo bring Ezinma?
(a) To where dead children are buried
(b) Deep into the forest
(c) To the yam fields
(d) To the village of Umuachi, then turns around and continues back to the hills of Agbala

15. What are the traditional events when night falls and it is time to end Obierika's daughter's uri?
(a) The singers sing a song of praise to Obierika for such a wonderful celebration.
(b) The leftover wine is divided into flasks for the guests to take home.
(c) The elders sit in a circle while singers sing each man's praise. Then the guest's rise to go and the bride is to leave with them for seven weeks.
(d) The women gather all the pots, filling them with leftover food and give each guest a pot to take home.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Okonkwo act for two days after Ikemefuna's death?

2. How can an observer tell if a communal ceremony is only for the men of the village?

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

4. Okonkwo's friend, Obierika, is celebrating his daughter's uri. Why does this day put the entire neighborhood into a festive air?

5. What is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?

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