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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 hopes Nwoye would be a fair, just, and wise father and husband, showing kindness and love to his family.
(c) He wants Nwoye to be a great warrior with many heroic victories to his name.
(d) 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.

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

3. Why do men and women look forward to the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) It is a feast of yam stew made from all the leftover yams of the past harvest, which is divided among all the people.
(b) The men and women cook and feed each other the yams from the previous harvest so that no food will be wasted.
(c) It is a festival of dancing around the new yams of the season and eating the rest of the old yams for the previous year.
(d) It is the beginning of the season of plenty--the new year. It begins with huge quantities of fresh yams, yam foo foo and vegetable soup.

4. 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) Uzowulu is warned never to beat a woman again or he will be mutilated.
(c) The bride-price is to be returned to Uzowulu.
(d) The bride-price is not to be paid back to Uzowulu.

5. What is the emergency that the great orator announces at the meeting in the marketplace?
(a) The yam harvest of one of the village celebrities is stolen from his barn.
(b) The powerful medicine woman of Umuofia dies during the night.
(c) The warriors of Mbaino raid one of the villages of Umuofia.
(d) The wife of Ogbuefi Udo is murdered in Mbaino when she goes to market.

6. How does Unoka react when Okoye asks him to repay the two hundred cowries owed to him?
(a) He bursts out laughing.
(b) He promises to repay the money without delay.
(c) He tells Okoye that he would be paid before anyone else.
(d) He offers kola nuts as repayment instead of money.

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

8. Obiageli, Nwoye's sister, comes home crying because her water pot is broken. How did her waterpot break?
(a) She tripped over a stone in the pathway, and fell with her water pot.
(b) She overfilled the pot with water and was unable to carry the weight. The pot tipped and fell.
(c) She was showing off, swaying her waist and the pot fell.
(d) She was pushed by Nwoye's younger brother and fell with her pot, spilling the water and smashing the pot.

9. What is the agreed upon bride-price for Akueke?
(a) Ten woven baskets of yams
(b) Twenty bags of cowries
(c) Five bags of cowries and one hundred yam seeds
(d) A she-goat, a hen, and ten cowries

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

11. 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?
(a) Nwoye
(b) Ogbuefi Ezendu
(c) Okonkwo
(d) Okafo

12. What is the festival that gives thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and source of fertility?
(a) The Yam Harvest Festival
(b) The Seeds of Life Festival
(c) The New Yam Festival
(d) The Mother of the Earth Festival

13. 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.

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

15. Why does Nwakibie trust Okonkwo to farm his yam seeds?
(a) He figures he can charge Okonkwo for the seeds with interest if the crop failed.
(b) He can tell by looking at Okonkwo that he is a hard worker, unlike many young men of the village.
(c) He asks other people of the village if Okonkwo can be trusted.
(d) He always believs big, strong men are trustworthy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name all children of the clan except Ezinma call their mothers?

2. Why do all the women abandon preparing the food for the uri and rush off to the Obierika's crop field?

3. Okonkwo does not fear war. In the last war he fought, he brought home a souvenir which he drank palm-wine out of. What is this souvenir?

4. Ezinma tells her mother, Ekwefi, that her upper eyelid is twitching. What does Ekwefi tell Ezinma the significance of the twitch is?

5. Who is the powerful orator that informs the ten thousand men of the emergency facing the nine villages of Umuofia?

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