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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) 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.
(c) Okonkwo finds that his second wife has not prepared her children in the traditional fashion of the clan for the festival.
(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.

4. 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 is pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.
(c) He hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(d) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.

5. When is the only time that Unkona is not haggard and mournful?
(a) When fighting for his village against the village of Mbaino.
(b) When drinking and playing his flute.
(c) After paying off his debts.
(d) When providing food for his wife and children.

6. Why is Okonkwo considered one of the greatest men of his time?
(a) He is a wealthy farmer, the greatest wrestler, has a barn full of yams, and has three wives.
(b) He is the greatest flute player in the village.
(c) He has patience for all men, even unsuccessful ones.
(d) He is a sympathetic, loving father and husband.

7. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?
(a) Uzowulu is to bring a pot of wine to Mgbafo's family and beg that his wife be returned to him. Mgbafo's family is to return her to Uzowulu when he brings the wine to them.
(b) The bride-price is not to be paid back to Uzowulu.
(c) Uzowulu is warned never to beat a woman again or he will be mutilated.
(d) The bride-price is to be returned to Uzowulu.

8. Obierika's daughter, Akueke, is sixteen, just the right age for marrying. How does her suitor and his relatives determine if she is ripe for marriage?
(a) They observe how much she eats of the food that is set out before her, and how delicately she chews her food.
(b) They feel how silky her hair is, and pinch her upper arms for plumpness.
(c) They have her stand before them and recite a marriage poem while dressed in flowing robes.
(d) They study her body, which is decorated and painted in the traditional way: cam oil, black patterns on the skin, black necklace, red and yellow bangles, and waist beads.

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

10. 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, puts live coals into a piece of broken pot and Ezinma carries it 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, makes a torch of banana leaves and palm oil, and gives it to Ezinma to carry to Nwoye's mother.

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

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

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

14. What is Okonkwo's punishment for committing a "nso-ani" during the Week of Peace?
(a) Bring a she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries to the shrine of Ani.
(b) Bring a bamboo basket of yams, a flask of palm-wine and a hen to the shrine of Ani.
(c) Go to the shrine of Ani and confess his disrespectful behavior to the gods of the clan, remaining on his knees throughout a day and night.
(d) Go to the shrine of Ani, fast for three days, and beg forgiveness for breaking the sacred peace.

15. Ezinma offers to bring Okonkwo's chair to the wrestling match for him. Why did he refuse his daughter's offer?
(a) Only grown women carry their husband's chairs.
(b) Men prefer to stand during the wrestling match.
(c) He will be busy with preparing the wrestlers for the match and wouldn't need the chair.
(d) Carrying the chair is a boy's job.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the things that Okonkwo fears most?

2. How long is Ikemenfuna in Okonkwo's care?

3. Why does Unkona change the subject to music when he and Oybe are discussing the impending war with the village of Mbaino?

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

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

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