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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Nine out of ten of Ekwefi's children die in infancy. After the second death, Okonkwo goes to the medicine man to find out why this is happening. What explanation does the diviner give?
(a) Ekwefi is weak and should not become pregnant again.
(b) The child is an agbanje, a wicked child that enters the mother's womb to be born again.
(c) Ekwefi did not eat vegetable soup throughout her pregnancies.
(d) Ekwefi should just keep trying, and sooner or later a child would survive.

2. What is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?
(a) To be affluent in money, wives, and children.
(b) To hate everything his father loved.
(c) To obtain more wealth than anyone else in Umuofia.
(d) To make sure his barn was always filled with yams.

3. 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.

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

5. During the rainy season, how do the people of the village pass the time?
(a) In each hut, children sit by their mother's cooking fire and tell stories, or sit with their father, roasting and eating maize.
(b) They spent time in the hut, listening to flute music, weaving baskets, and sleeping.
(c) They spend many hours praying to the gods for a bountiful harvest.
(d) They prepare yam seeds for next year's fields.

6. What is the only way a young man can build a barn of his own if his father has no yams?
(a) Saving his money to buy seeds.
(b) Planting coco-yams.
(c) Share-cropping.
(d) Going to his mother and his father's wives for help.

7. 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) Wash the children and get them ready for bed
(b) The wives wash their hair and their children's hair
(c) Review the events of the day
(d) Sing and told folk stories

8. How does Okonkwo act for two days after Ikemefuna's death?
(a) He works day and night to keep his mind occupied.
(b) 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.
(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 acts as if nothing has happened and continues his daily routines.

9. 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 he angers his ancestors and they plague his land.
(b) That Unoka has offended the gods and that is why his crop fail.
(c) That Unoka sows his yams on exhausted land rather than making the effort to clear new land.
(d) That he should stay home and offer sacrifices to the gods.

10. 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) He will be busy with preparing the wrestlers for the match and wouldn't need the chair.
(c) Carrying the chair is a boy's job.
(d) Men prefer to stand during the wrestling match.

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

12. 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 buy a new ogene, the musical instrument Okoye played.
(d) To help pay for the expensive Idemili title ceremony.

13. How can an observer tell if a communal ceremony is only for the men of the village?
(a) There are no women present anywhere near the ceremony.
(b) There are guards stationed around the communal ceremony, preventing the women from viewing.
(c) The women gather away from the ceremony, and chat with one another.
(d) The titled men and elders sit on stools while the women look on from the fringe like outsiders.

14. How do the women of the clan prepare for the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.

15. 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 killed.
(c) That he is free to go.
(d) That he is being exiled.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first trial's dispute set before Evil Forest and the egwugwu?

2. Who are the two groups of people who stand facing the elders at the ceremonial trial?

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

4. What is the shameful death Unoka endures?

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

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