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1. 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) 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.
(b) Okonkwo finds that his second wife has not prepared her children in the traditional fashion of the clan for the festival.
(c) She burns the vegetable soup she is preparing for the festival.
(d) 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.

2. 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) The sacrificial offering of one of the daughters of Mbaino.
(c) Choose between war or the offer of a young man and a virgin from Mbaino.
(d) Deliver the head of the murderer to the people of Umuofia.

3. Okonkwo of Umuofia is the emissary of war to Mbaino. What does Mbaino give him as an offering for the murder of the woman from Umuofia?
(a) The wife of the murderer.
(b) One of Mbaino's most powerful warriors.
(c) A fifteen-year-old boy named Ikemefuna and a young virgin to replace the murdered woman.
(d) A large monetary payment for the people of Umofia.

4. What hopes does Okonkwo have for his son, Nwoye's , future?
(a) 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.
(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 a talented musician, performing at all the festivals in the nine villages.

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

6. What does Ekwefi do after Chielo carries Ezinma away on her back?
(a) She runs into her hut in despair.
(b) She screams at Okonkwo to go bring Ezinma back.
(c) She runs to the other wives for solace.
(d) She follows Chielo.

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

8. Why is the big, ancient silk-cotton tree in the playground considered sacred?
(a) The spirits of good children waiting to be born live in the tree.
(b) The tree holds all the spirits of the men who died in wars since the beginning of time.
(c) The tree is believed to have been the first tree in existence.
(d) The tree holds the spirits of all the ancestors of the clan.

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

10. What is the strange event that takes place in the village of Ire that Ofoedo tells Okonkwo and Obierika about?
(a) Ogbuefi Ndulue, the oldest man in the Ire village died and upon hearing about it, his wife, Ozoemena, died also.
(b) All the yams planted in the fields rotted during the night from a curse sent by evil spirits.
(c) The children of Ire stopped speaking for two days and went into a trance-like state.
(d) All the people in the village of Ire awoke in the night from dreams of disasters to come.

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

12. What are the crops that are considered women's crops by the people of Umuofia?
(a) Yams, kola nuts, greens
(b) Gourds, bananas, oil bean
(c) Palms, bitter-leaf, foo foo
(d) Coco-yams, beans, cassava

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

14. How does Okonkwo react to the disastrous growing season that destroy all his yams and the yams of his people?
(a) He cries and sinks into despair.
(b) His heart is broken from the loss of his crop, leaving him depressed and suicidal.
(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.

15. As Ekwefi and Okonkwo wait outside of Agbala's cave for Ezinma's return, what does Ekwefi think about?
(a) She thinks about when she and Okonkwo were young, and how she left her first husband to be with Okonkwo.
(b) She thinks about how she and Okonkwo can defeat Agbala.
(c) She thinks she will take Ezinma and move away from the village.
(d) She thinks about what must be happening to Ezinma in the cave.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ezinma, the daughter of Okonkwo's second wife, bring fire to Nwoye's mother's hut?

2. One night, the storytelling of Okonkwo 's wives and children stops because the priestess, Chielo is shouting in a high-pitched voice. What does she tell Okonkwo?

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

4. How are the children of the village prepared for the Feast of the New Yam?

5. 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?

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