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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Okonkwo react to the disastrous growing season that destroy all his yams and the yams of his people?
(a) His heart is broken from the loss of his crop, leaving him depressed and suicidal.
(b) He cries and sinks into despair.
(c) He gives up being a farmer, and begins looking for a new trade.
(d) He feels he can survive anything, since he has survived this disastrous year.

2. 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 priestess
(c) The medicine man
(d) The spirits of the ancestors emerge, followed by nine egwugwu, the masked spirits of the nine villages

3. Why do all the women abandon preparing the food for the uri and rush off to the Obierika's crop field?
(a) There is a cow loose in the field eating the crops and the women have to catch it.
(b) A fire broke out in the field and the women have to stomp it out.
(c) A neighbor's child went to the field and started picking the crops.
(d) The locusts landed on the crops and have to be brushed off the leaves.

4. Nwoye's mother calls Ezinma "Ezigbo" when she brings the fire to Nwoye's mother's hut. What does "Ezigbo" mean?
(a) Helpful child
(b) Good work
(c) The good one
(d) Good girl

5. How does Ekwefi make the medicine she hopes would cure Ezinma?
(a) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.
(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 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.

6. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?
(a) The bride-price is not to be paid back to Uzowulu.
(b) Uzowulu is warned never to beat a woman again or he will be mutilated.
(c) 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.
(d) The bride-price is to be returned to Uzowulu.

7. What does Okonkwo bring with him to share with the wealthy Nwakibie and his family before asking for yam seeds and share cropping privileges?
(a) Goat's milk and eggs.
(b) Palm-wine, a cock, kola nut, and alligator pepper.
(c) A bamboo basket and a goatflask.
(d) Campfire wood, and a pot of soup.

8. What are the women's duties after the yams are planted?
(a) They make meals for the men working in the fields.
(b) They make bamboo woven hats for the farmers working in the hot sun.
(c) They plant kola nuts between the yams, and weed the yams every day.
(d) They plant maize, melons, and beans between the mounds. They also weeded the farm three times per planting season.

9. Ekwefi awakes Okonkwo early in the morning pounding on his door. What is she anxious to tell him?
(a) The yam fields are on fire.
(b) All the men of the village are to meet in the marketplace immediately.
(c) Their daughter, Ezinma is sick and dying.
(d) Nwoye's mother is sick and calling for him.

10. The Ibo people consider conversation to be very important. What form of conversation do they regard the most highly?
(a) Orations
(b) Sarcasm
(c) Rhyming
(d) Proverbs

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

12. What is a man who holds the ozo title forbidden to do?
(a) Talk to a single woman in public.
(b) Wrestle during the Feast of the New Yam.
(c) Tap the tall palm trees.
(d) Drink from the tapping of short palm trees.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the spectators of the wrestling match are allowed to sit around the huge circle of the wrestling ring?

2. What does the priestess do when she brings Ezinma out of Agbala's cave?

3. What ultimatum is dispatched to Mbaino as a consequence of the murder of the woman from Umuofia?

4. When Okonkwo is angry and cannot speak because of his stutter, how does he get his point across?

5. Okonkwo and the men of Umuofia take Ikemefuna deep into the forest and kill him with machetes. Who gives the final thrust of the machete that ends Ikemefuna's life?

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