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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?
(a) Uzowulu is to bring a pot of wine to Mgbafo's family and beg that his wife be returned to him. Mgbafo's family is to return her to Uzowulu when he brings the wine to them.
(b) Uzowulu is warned never to beat a woman again or he will be mutilated.
(c) The bride-price is to be returned to Uzowulu.
(d) The bride-price is not to be paid back to Uzowulu.

2. How is the weather during the first growing season that Okonkwo starts share-cropping for Nwakibie?
(a) The beginning of the season is poor weather for growing yams, but the second planting of the season grows huge yams, sweet and plump.
(b) Some good days, and some bad: the yams grow, but not to their potential. Some days were too hot and some rains too severe.
(c) The worst in memory: late rains and scorching sun kill the yams, then torrential downpours wash the seeds away.
(d) The best growing weather ever: yams flourish with the nightly rains and sunny days.

3. What are the things that Okonkwo fears most?
(a) The forest and magic.
(b) Evil and capricious gods.
(c) Failure, weakness, and himself.
(d) Forces of nature.

4. What is the shameful death Unoka endures?
(a) Starvation due to his many failed crops.
(b) Dying of the abomination of swollen stomach and limbs, never to be buried in the earth.
(c) Drowning in his own vomit after too much palm-wine.
(d) Beheading because of his many unpaid debts.

5. Why is Okonkwo considered one of the greatest men of his time?
(a) He is the greatest flute player in the village.
(b) He has patience for all men, even unsuccessful ones.
(c) He is a sympathetic, loving father and husband.
(d) He is a wealthy farmer, the greatest wrestler, has a barn full of yams, and has three wives.

6. What descends on the land of Okonkwo, darkens the sky, settles on the rooftops, and breaks mighty tree branches under them?
(a) A flock of vultures
(b) The arrows of neighboring enemies
(c) The spirits of the clans ancestors
(d) A swarm of locusts

7. 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) The child is an agbanje, a wicked child that enters the mother's womb to be born again.
(c) Ekwefi did not eat vegetable soup throughout her pregnancies.
(d) Ekwefi is weak and should not become pregnant again.

8. What is the name all children of the clan except Ezinma call their mothers?
(a) Obi
(b) Nne
(c) Jifida
(d) Efulefu

9. Okonkwo ate his wive's meals, and his wives and children are their supper. What is the next thing his wives and children do?
(a) The wives wash their hair and their children's hair
(b) Sing and told folk stories
(c) Review the events of the day
(d) Wash the children and get them ready for bed

10. Why do the people of Umuofia observe the Week of Peace?
(a) It is a time to set aside differences with families and neighbors, forgiving them for past offenses.
(b) Their forefather's ordained that before they planted any crops, they have to observe a week where it is forbidden to say a harsh word to a neighbor. This honors the god of the earth, so that the crops will grow.
(c) It is a time for families to develop bonds of love and understanding, making their relationships strong.
(d) It is a week of happy celebration, dancing, and feasting with everyone in the village. It creates a peaceful, cooperative atmosphere that is supposed to last throughout the year.

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

12. Why does Unkona change the subject to music when he and Oybe are discussing the impending war with the village of Mbaino?
(a) Unkona wants to stay home to take care of his yam harvest.
(b) Unkona knows he would have to leave his family to fight in the war.
(c) Unkona is a coward and can't stand the sight of blood.
(d) Unkona is afraid to think about people of his village being hurt.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What is a man who holds the ozo title forbidden to do?

5. What is the first trial's dispute set before Evil Forest and the egwugwu?

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