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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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, giving Okonkwo and Ekwefi a lock of Ezinma's hair. She tells them to bury it in the yam field.
(d) She comes out of the cave alone, telling Okonkwo and Ekwefi that Ezinma has to remain in the cave for two days and nights.

2. What does Okonkwo bring with him to share with the wealthy Nwakibie and his family before asking for yam seeds and share cropping privileges?
(a) Campfire wood, and a pot of soup.
(b) Goat's milk and eggs.
(c) Palm-wine, a cock, kola nut, and alligator pepper.
(d) A bamboo basket and a goatflask.

3. What is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?
(a) To be affluent in money, wives, and children.
(b) To hate everything his father loved.
(c) To obtain more wealth than anyone else in Umuofia.
(d) To make sure his barn was always filled with yams.

4. 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 always believs big, strong men are trustworthy.
(d) He asks other people of the village if Okonkwo can be trusted.

5. What does Okonkwo bring back from the bush while Ezinma lays sick in Ekwefi's hut?
(a) Three small birds to offer as sacrifice to the gods, so Ezinma will get well.
(b) A bundle of medicinal plants, grasses, leaves, roots and barks.
(c) Soil from the bush to mix with water and form into mud which can be rubbed on Ezinma's body to bring down the fever.
(d) Bananas to mix with palm oil, forming a paste which Ezinma can eat easily. This will help keep up her strength.

6. Why doesn't Okonkwo have any patience with his father?
(a) Unkona is a great warrior who is always away at war.
(b) Unkona is overly ambitious and driven to earn the highest titles in the land.
(c) Unkona spoils his wife and children, providing them with too much food and money.
(d) Unoka is lazy, a debtor, and a failure.

7. Ezinma offers to bring Okonkwo's chair to the wrestling match for him. Why did he refuse his daughter's offer?
(a) He will be busy with preparing the wrestlers for the match and wouldn't need the chair.
(b) Carrying the chair is a boy's job.
(c) Men prefer to stand during the wrestling match.
(d) Only grown women carry their husband's chairs.

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

9. What is the name of the boy who wins the wrestling match in the fifteen- to sixteen-year-old age group with a lightning fast move that was never seen before?
(a) Nwoye
(b) Maduka
(c) Obierika
(d) Ikemefuna

10. How can an observer tell if a communal ceremony is only for the men of the village?
(a) The titled men and elders sit on stools while the women look on from the fringe like outsiders.
(b) There are guards stationed around the communal ceremony, preventing the women from viewing.
(c) The women gather away from the ceremony, and chat with one another.
(d) There are no women present anywhere near the ceremony.

11. 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?
(a) Ekwefi should just keep trying, and sooner or later a child would survive.
(b) Ekwefi is weak and should not become pregnant again.
(c) The child is an agbanje, a wicked child that enters the mother's womb to be born again.
(d) Ekwefi did not eat vegetable soup throughout her pregnancies.

12. What does the law state in Umuofia if a woman runs away from her husband?
(a) She must be left in the forest to die.
(b) Her bride-price must be returned to the husband.
(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.

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

14. 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 Unoka has offended the gods and that is why his crop fail.
(c) That he angers his ancestors and they plague his land.
(d) That he should stay home and offer sacrifices to the gods.

15. Why does Okonkwo beat his second wife, Ojiugo, during the sacred Week of Peace?
(a) She is at a friend's house and does not prepare Okonkwo's afternoon meal.
(b) She is caught with another man.
(c) She disagrees with what Okonkwo has to say.
(d) She cooks a meal that Okonkwo does not like.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what circumstances will the people of Umuofia consult Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves?

2. As the drums sound and the flutes blast, what appears out of the egwugwu house?

3. What does every man and his family do after the Week of Peace?

4. What is the emergency that the great orator announces at the meeting in the marketplace?

5. Okonkwo is sitting in his obi with Ikemefuna and Nwoye, eating dried locusts when Ogbuefi Ezeudu comes with a message. What is the message?

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