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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. After speaking with the elders of nine villages, what does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna about what is going to happen to him?
(a) That he is going home.
(b) That he is being exiled.
(c) That he is free to go.
(d) That he is being killed.

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

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

5. What does every man and his family do after the Week of Peace?
(a) Plays flutes, dances and sings before planting the crops.
(b) Gathers in the marketplace to visit with neighbors.
(c) Has a feast to celebrate with each other.
(d) Cuts bush to make new farms, burns the bush and flies kites over the burning fields.

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

7. 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.

8. What is the name of the boy who wins the wrestling match in the fifteen- to sixteen-year-old age group with a lightning fast move that was never seen before?
(a) Obierika
(b) Nwoye
(c) Maduka
(d) Ikemefuna

9. 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 swarm of locusts
(d) A flock of vultures

10. Who are the two groups of people who stand facing the elders at the ceremonial trial?
(a) One group is the three oldest men from the village. The other group is their sons.
(b) One group is wrestlers from the nine villages, and the other group is judges.
(c) One group is Mgbafo and her three brothers. The other group is her husband, Uzowulu, and his relatives.
(d) One group is the twelve-year-old boys from the village. The other group is their fathers.

11. 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 beating drums announce that there is a winner in the wrestling match.
(b) The beating of the drums means that the wrestling match will begin at noon.
(c) The drums play the wrestling dance in preparation for the wrestling match at sundown.
(d) The drums beat as each wrestler is thrown to the ground.

12. Which men fight in the final wrestling match of the day?
(a) Men chosen by the elders from each of the nine villages.
(b) Men elected in each of the nine villages.
(c) The leaders of the teams are made up of the best wrestlers in the nine villages.
(d) The wealthiest men from each of the nine villages.

13. Why does Unkona change the subject to music when he and Oybe are discussing the impending war with the village of Mbaino?
(a) Unkona is afraid to think about people of his village being hurt.
(b) Unkona is a coward and can't stand the sight of blood.
(c) Unkona wants to stay home to take care of his yam harvest.
(d) Unkona knows he would have to leave his family to fight in the war.

14. How does Okonkwo act for two days after Ikemefuna's death?
(a) He acts as if nothing has happened and continues his daily routines.
(b) He works day and night to keep his mind occupied.
(c) He goes into the hills and offers a sacrifice to the gods, asking their forgiveness for taking part in Ikemfuna's death.
(d) 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Okonkwo insult Osugo at a meeting by calling him a woman?

3. What does Okonkwo bring back from the bush while Ezinma lays sick in Ekwefi's hut?

4. 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?

5. While talking with Okoye about the war, Unkona changes the subject to which topic?

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