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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many pots of wine do Obierika's in-laws brink to his home for the uri?
(a) Twenty
(b) Twenty-five
(c) None
(d) Fifty

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

3. What is the custom in the village of Obodoani if a man dies during the Week of Peace?
(a) The man is burned to ashes, instead of buried.
(b) The man is buried as deep as two graves.
(c) The man is not buried, but cast into the Evil Forest.
(d) The man is buried outside the village.

4. Why does Unkona's neighbor, Okoye, visit him?
(a) To collect a two-year-old debt of two hundred cowries.
(b) To talk about music.
(c) To share kola nuts with Unkona.
(d) To pray with Unkona for life, health, and protection from enemies.

5. Okonkwo's friend, Obierika, is celebrating his daughter's uri. Why does this day put the entire neighborhood into a festive air?
(a) It is the day his daughtor's suitor brings the whole neighborhood to see the hut where he and his bride will be living.
(b) It is the day his daughter will practice for the wedding ceremony, followed by a celebration.
(c) It is the day his daughter's suitor will pay the bride-price and everyone will celebrate.
(d) It is the day when his daughter's suitor brings palm-wine to her parents and her entire group of kinsmen, umunna. Everyone is invited, but the central figures are the bride and her mother.

6. 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 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.
(c) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.
(d) She mixes palm-wine and red clay into a medicinal mud and rubs it on Ezinma's face and chest.

7. Where does the powerful Oracle of the Hills, Agbala, live?
(a) Through a round hole in the side of the hill leading to a dimly lit cave.
(b) In the treetops with all the climbing creatures of Umuofia.
(c) Deep underground with the creatures of the soil, beneath the hills and all things that live above the ground.
(d) In a large, handsomely endowed compound in the hills filled with the gifts from those asking for a consultation.

8. How are the children of the village prepared for the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) Their entire bodies are painted with cam wood and no clothing is worn to the festival.
(b) They are washed in the riverbed three times the day before the festival, and then dressed in simple robes.
(c) Their heads are shaved in beautiful patterns.
(d) Their bodies are rubbed with palm oil, and their hair is decorated with kola nut shells.

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

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

11. 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?
(a) That Agbala wants to see all Okonkwo's wives
(b) That Agbala is putting a curse on Okonkwo's house
(c) That Agbala needs to talk to Okonkwo
(d) That Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves wants to see Ezinma

12. 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) Pregnant women.
(d) The elders, grandees, a few early comers in the stands, and the drummers.

13. What is Okonkwo's punishment for committing a "nso-ani" during the Week of Peace?
(a) Bring a bamboo basket of yams, a flask of palm-wine and a hen to the shrine of Ani.
(b) Bring a she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries to the shrine of Ani.
(c) Go to the shrine of Ani, fast for three days, and beg forgiveness for breaking the sacred peace.
(d) Go to the shrine of Ani and confess his disrespectful behavior to the gods of the clan, remaining on his knees throughout a day and night.

14. What are the traditional events when night falls and it is time to end Obierika's daughter's uri?
(a) 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.
(b) The leftover wine is divided into flasks for the guests to take home.
(c) The women gather all the pots, filling them with leftover food and give each guest a pot to take home.
(d) The singers sing a song of praise to Obierika for such a wonderful celebration.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Nwoye's mother treat Ikemenfuna?

3. What do the people of Umuofia fear in the night?

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

5. How does Okonkwo react to the disastrous growing season that destroy all his yams and the yams of his people?

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