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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What descends on the land of Okonkwo, darkens the sky, settles on the rooftops, and breaks mighty tree branches under them?
(a) The spirits of the clans ancestors
(b) The arrows of neighboring enemies
(c) A flock of vultures
(d) A swarm of locusts

2. How does Ezinma, the daughter of Okonkwo's second wife, bring fire to Nwoye's mother's hut?
(a) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, gives Ezinma a clay pot with burning leaves inside to carry to Nwoye's mother's hut.
(b) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, makes a torch of banana leaves and palm oil, and gives it to Ezinma to carry to Nwoye's mother.
(c) Ezinma carries a flaming stick across the compound to Nwoye's mother's hut.
(d) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, puts live coals into a piece of broken pot and Ezinma carries it to Nwoye's mother.

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

4. 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) His heart is broken from the loss of his crop, leaving him depressed and suicidal.
(c) He feels he can survive anything, since he has survived this disastrous year.
(d) He cries and sinks into despair.

5. How many men are in each of the two teams of wrestlers who face each other in the wrestling ring?
(a) Six men on each side
(b) Twelve men on each side
(c) Five men on each side
(d) Nine men on each side

6. How does Ekwefi make the medicine she hopes would cure Ezinma?
(a) She puts a pot on the fire, adding medicinal plants, grasses, leaves, roots and barks. She brought them to a boil being careful that it didn't boil over and lose its power.
(b) She mixes palm-wine and red clay into a medicinal mud and rubs it on Ezinma's face and chest.
(c) She grounds kola nuts and bananas together, forming a paste to put on Ezinma's tongue.
(d) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.

7. One night, the storytelling of Okonkwo 's wives and children stops because the priestess, Chielo is shouting in a high-pitched voice. What does she tell Okonkwo?
(a) That Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves wants to see Ezinma
(b) That Agbala is putting a curse on Okonkwo's house
(c) That Agbala needs to talk to Okonkwo
(d) That Agbala wants to see all Okonkwo's wives

8. Okonkwo's friend, Obierika, is celebrating his daughter's uri. Why does this day put the entire neighborhood into a festive air?
(a) It is the day when his daughter's suitor brings palm-wine to her parents and her entire group of kinsmen, umunna. Everyone is invited, but the central figures are the bride and her mother.
(b) It is the day his daughter's suitor will pay the bride-price and everyone will celebrate.
(c) It is the day his daughter will practice for the wedding ceremony, followed by a celebration.
(d) It is the day his daughtor's suitor brings the whole neighborhood to see the hut where he and his bride will be living.

9. How long is Ikemenfuna in Okonkwo's care?
(a) Three months
(b) Twelve years
(c) Three years
(d) Two days

10. Why is Okonkwo's twelve-year-old son, Nwoye, causing him great anxiety?
(a) Okonkwo is jealous of his son's growing strength.
(b) Nwoye complains about having to work in the fields from dawn to dusk.
(c) Okonkwo believes his son to be lazy.
(d) Nwoye is a wild, unruly boy.

11. What does Okagbue, the medicine man, dig up from under the orange tree that makes the people of the village believe that Ezinma will live to adulthood?
(a) Ezinma's iyi-uwa, a smooth pebble wrapped in a dirty rag which links Ezinma to the spirit world. It is believed that if the iyi-uwa is found and destroyed, Ezinma will not die.
(b) A basket of kola nuts which were buried when Ezinma was born to trapped evil spirits. It was supposed to be dug up after a time and burned, so the evil spirits would not kill Ezinma.
(c) A sacred amulet that the priestess made for Ezinma the day she was born. Ezinma was to wear it around her neck until the day she died.
(d) The cloth which was used to clean Ezinma after she was born. It was buried after the birth as a good luck charm that would keep the infant safe from harm. After digging it up, the child was to be washed with it once again to stay safe.

12. What happens to twins born in Umuofia?
(a) They are revered as sacred above all other infants.
(b) They are considered good luck and raised by the priestess of the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves.
(c) They are placed in earthenware pots and thrown away in the forest.
(d) They are drowned.

13. When Okonkwo is angry and cannot speak because of his stutter, how does he get his point across?
(a) Uses his fists against the person who angers him.
(b) Takes a deep breath and gets control of himself.
(c) Uses hand motions to relay his message.
(d) Walks away, returning when he is calmer.

14. How do the women of the clan prepare for the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) They scrub the walls and huts with red earth, draw patterns on them in white, yellow and green, paint themselves with cam wood, and draw black patterns on their stomach and backs.
(b) They gather in the marketplace to share all their clothing, jewelry and sandals with one another. They wear each others belongings to prove to the goddess, Ani, that they are worthy people.
(c) They decorate robes with intricate patterns made of colored beans, plaite each others hair, color their faces with red clay, and make veils to cover their faces during the festival.
(d) They cleanse their bodies, wear a simple robe and sandles, and scrub their faces. They are to go to the festival free of all paint, jewelry, or ornamentation of any kind.

15. As the drums sound and the flutes blast, what appears out of the egwugwu house?
(a) The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves
(b) The spirits of the ancestors emerge, followed by nine egwugwu, the masked spirits of the nine villages
(c) The priestess
(d) The medicine man

Short Answer Questions

1. Ezinma offers to bring Okonkwo's chair to the wrestling match for him. Why did he refuse his daughter's offer?

2. Ekwefi awakes Okonkwo early in the morning pounding on his door. What is she anxious to tell him?

3. What is the only way a young man can build a barn of his own if his father has no yams?

4. What do the people of Umuofia fear in the night?

5. Why do all the women abandon preparing the food for the uri and rush off to the Obierika's crop field?

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