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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ezinma, the daughter of Okonkwo's second wife, bring fire to Nwoye's mother's hut?
(a) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, makes a torch of banana leaves and palm oil, and gives it to Ezinma to carry to Nwoye's mother.
(b) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, gives Ezinma a clay pot with burning leaves inside to carry to Nwoye's mother's hut.
(c) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, puts live coals into a piece of broken pot and Ezinma carries it to Nwoye's mother.
(d) Ezinma carries a flaming stick across the compound to Nwoye's mother's hut.

2. What does the priestess do when she brings Ezinma out of Agbala's cave?
(a) She doesn't say a word to Okonkwo or Ekwefi, but carries Ezinma back to Okonkwo's compound and places Ezinma in bed.
(b) She comes out of the cave and tells Okonkwo and Ekwefi that Agbala wants them to leave, or Ezinma will be sacrificed.
(c) She comes out of the cave alone, telling Okonkwo and Ekwefi that Ezinma has to remain in the cave for two days and nights.
(d) She comes out of the cave, giving Okonkwo and Ekwefi a lock of Ezinma's hair. She tells them to bury it in the yam field.

3. 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 women gather all the pots, filling them with leftover food and give each guest a pot to take home.
(c) The leftover wine is divided into flasks for the guests to take home.
(d) The singers sing a song of praise to Obierika for such a wonderful celebration.

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

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

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

7. 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) Okafo
(c) Okonkwo
(d) Ogbuefi Ezendu

8. Under what circumstances will the people of Umuofia consult Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves?
(a) To find out if their wives are being faithful.
(b) When they are followed by misfortune, when they have a dispute with their neighbors, to see their futures, and to talk to the spirits.
(c) To ask for a cure for a fatal disease.
(d) To ask for wealth, prosperity, and many newborn sons.

9. 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.

10. 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 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.
(b) They have her stand before them and recite a marriage poem while dressed in flowing robes.
(c) They feel how silky her hair is, and pinch her upper arms for plumpness.
(d) They observe how much she eats of the food that is set out before her, and how delicately she chews her food.

11. Where does Obierika send one of his relatives to get a fat goat to give to his in-laws during the uri?
(a) To the hills where wild goats roam free
(b) To a neighboring goat herder known for his fat goats
(c) The goat farm in the village
(d) The wonderful market in Umuike

12. What ultimatum is dispatched to Mbaino as a consequence of the murder of the woman from Umuofia?
(a) Choose between war or the offer of a young man and a virgin from Mbaino.
(b) Deliver the head of the murderer to the people of Umuofia.
(c) The sacrificial offering of one of the daughters of Mbaino.
(d) Delivery to Umuofia a year's worth of the yam harvest as a peace offering.

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

14. Okonkwo is very prosperous, owning a large compound with many huts, and an abundance of food. Ikemefuna is given to Okonkwo to live with him until the clan decides Ikemefuna's fate. How does Ikemefuna react to living with Okonkwo?
(a) He is thankful that he will never be hungry living with Okonkwo, his three wives, and eight children.
(b) He is pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.
(c) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.
(d) He hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.

15. What is Okonkwo's punishment for committing a "nso-ani" during the Week of Peace?
(a) Bring a she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries to the shrine of Ani.
(b) 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.
(c) Go to the shrine of Ani, fast for three days, and beg forgiveness for breaking the sacred peace.
(d) Bring a bamboo basket of yams, a flask of palm-wine and a hen to the shrine of Ani.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Ekwefi and Okonkwo wait outside of Agbala's cave for Ezinma's return, what does Ekwefi think about?

3. Who is the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, in real life?

4. 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?

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

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