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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) They have her stand before them and recite a marriage poem while dressed in flowing robes.
(b) They observe how much she eats of the food that is set out before her, and how delicately she chews her food.
(c) They feel how silky her hair is, and pinch her upper arms for plumpness.
(d) They study her body, which is decorated and painted in the traditional way: cam oil, black patterns on the skin, black necklace, red and yellow bangles, and waist beads.

2. 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) Okafo
(b) Nwoye
(c) Okonkwo
(d) Ogbuefi Ezendu

3. The punishment for breaking the sacred peace changes through the years. What happened to a man that broke the Week of Peace in the past?
(a) He was dragged on the ground through the village until dead.
(b) He was hanged in the marketplace for all to see.
(c) He was tied in the village marketplace and each member of the clan spat on him.
(d) He was exiled from Umuofia, considered to be dead to all the clan.

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

5. How does eighteen-year-old, Okonkwo, bring honor to his village?
(a) He throws the great wrestler, Amalinze the Cat.
(b) He plays his flute in the village after the harvest.
(c) He has a barn full of yams.
(d) He has no patience with unsuccessful men.

6. 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?
(a) A colorful, clay pot.
(b) A woven, bamboo basket.
(c) A human head.
(d) A goatskin flask.

7. How long is Ikemenfuna in Okonkwo's care?
(a) Three months
(b) Two days
(c) Three years
(d) Twelve years

8. Why does Okoye need to collect a past debt from Unkona?
(a) To help pay for the expensive Idemili title ceremony.
(b) To buy a new ogene, the musical instrument Okoye played.
(c) To buy yams for his three wives.
(d) Okoye needs money to help him overcome his failures.

9. What does the law state in Umuofia if a woman runs away from her husband?
(a) Her bride-price must be returned to the husband.
(b) She must be left in the forest to die.
(c) She is to be killed and left unburied for the vultures and wild animals.
(d) Her husband is allowed to go get her, dragging her back home by the hair.

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

11. How does Ekwefi make the medicine she hopes would cure Ezinma?
(a) She grounds kola nuts and bananas together, forming a paste to put on Ezinma's tongue.
(b) She mixes palm-wine and red clay into a medicinal mud and rubs it on Ezinma's face and chest.
(c) 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.
(d) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.

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

13. 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) Going to his mother and his father's wives for help.
(c) Share-cropping.
(d) Planting coco-yams.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the people of Umuofia observe the Week of Peace?

2. How can an observer tell if a communal ceremony is only for the men of the village?

3. How does Nwoye's mother treat Ikemenfuna?

4. How many men are in each of the two teams of wrestlers who face each other in the wrestling ring?

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

(see the answer keys)

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