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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ekwefi make the medicine she hopes would cure Ezinma?
(a) She grounds kola nuts and bananas together, forming a paste to put on Ezinma's tongue.
(b) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.
(c) 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.
(d) She mixes palm-wine and red clay into a medicinal mud and rubs it on Ezinma's face and chest.

2. 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 burned to ashes, instead of buried.
(c) The man is buried as deep as two graves.
(d) The man is not buried, but cast into the Evil Forest.

3. What ultimatum is dispatched to Mbaino as a consequence of the murder of the woman from Umuofia?
(a) The sacrificial offering of one of the daughters of Mbaino.
(b) Delivery to Umuofia a year's worth of the yam harvest as a peace offering.
(c) Deliver the head of the murderer to the people of Umuofia.
(d) Choose between war or the offer of a young man and a virgin from Mbaino.

4. Why does Okonkwo worry about his son, Nwoye?
(a) He thinks his son is too boastful, which may turn others against him.
(b) He thinks his son is too aggressive, which might lead him into danger.
(c) Okonkwo thinks his son is too much like his mother and weak like his grandfather.
(d) He thinks his son will not become a musician like he wants him to.

5. What drives Okonkwo into a rage on the first day of the festival, leading him to beat his second wife, Ekwefi, and almost kill her with a gun?
(a) She burns the vegetable soup she is preparing for the festival.
(b) Okonkwo finds that his second wife has not prepared her children in the traditional fashion of the clan for the festival.
(c) He believes his wife killed a banana tree in the compound, even though it is still alive. She also comments on his inability to shoot well.
(d) Okonkwo is angry because his second wife has not scrubbed the walls of her hut with red earth, and has neglected the rituals of the people.

6. 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 play the wrestling dance in preparation for the wrestling match at sundown.
(b) The drums beat as each wrestler is thrown to the ground.
(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.

7. How is the weather during the first growing season that Okonkwo starts share-cropping for Nwakibie?
(a) The best growing weather ever: yams flourish with the nightly rains and sunny days.
(b) The beginning of the season is poor weather for growing yams, but the second planting of the season grows huge yams, sweet and plump.
(c) Some good days, and some bad: the yams grow, but not to their potential. Some days were too hot and some rains too severe.
(d) The worst in memory: late rains and scorching sun kill the yams, then torrential downpours wash the seeds away.

8. What does the law state in Umuofia if a woman runs away from her husband?
(a) Her bride-price must be returned to the husband.
(b) Her husband is allowed to go get her, dragging her back home by the hair.
(c) She must be left in the forest to die.
(d) She is to be killed and left unburied for the vultures and wild animals.

9. Who is the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, in real life?
(a) Noywe's mother
(b) Ekwefi, the second wife of Okonkwo
(c) Chielo, a widow with two children
(d) Anasi, Okonkwo's first wife

10. 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) 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.
(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) 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.
(d) 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.

11. How does Okonkwo act for two days after Ikemefuna's death?
(a) He does not eat for two days, he drinks palm-wine from morning until night, he does not sleep, and he can't stop thinking about Ikemefuna.
(b) He goes into the hills and offers a sacrifice to the gods, asking their forgiveness for taking part in Ikemfuna's death.
(c) He works day and night to keep his mind occupied.
(d) He acts as if nothing has happened and continues his daily routines.

12. 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 pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.
(b) He hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(c) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.
(d) He is thankful that he will never be hungry living with Okonkwo, his three wives, and eight children.

13. What is the name all children of the clan except Ezinma call their mothers?
(a) Jifida
(b) Obi
(c) Efulefu
(d) Nne

14. Okonkwo ate his wive's meals, and his wives and children are their supper. What is the next thing his wives and children do?
(a) Sing and told folk stories
(b) Review the events of the day
(c) The wives wash their hair and their children's hair
(d) Wash the children and get them ready for bed

15. What hopes does Okonkwo have for his son, Nwoye's , future?
(a) He wants Nwoye to be a talented musician, performing at all the festivals in the nine villages.
(b) He wants Nwoye to be prosperous, that he will have enough to feed the ancestors with regular sacrifices, and he will be able to rule his women and children.
(c) He hopes Nwoye would be a fair, just, and wise father and husband, showing kindness and love to his family.
(d) He wants Nwoye to be a great warrior with many heroic victories to his name.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?

2. When is the only time that Unkona is not haggard and mournful?

3. The first day of the new year is celebrated with feasting and fellowship. What takes place on the second day of the new year?

4. Why does Unkona's neighbor, Okoye, visit him?

5. How does eighteen-year-old, Okonkwo, bring honor to his village?

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