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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Ezinma tells her mother, Ekwefi, that her upper eyelid is twitching. What does Ekwefi tell Ezinma the significance of the twitch is?
(a) It means Ezinma will see something.
(b) It means Ezinma is going to cry.
(c) It means Ezinma will have many children.
(d) It means the rains will come early this year.

3. How is the weather during the first growing season that Okonkwo starts share-cropping for Nwakibie?
(a) The best growing weather ever: yams flourish with the nightly rains and sunny days.
(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 beginning of the season is poor weather for growing yams, but the second planting of the season grows huge yams, sweet and plump.

4. 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) Through a round hole in the side of the hill leading to a dimly lit cave.
(c) In a large, handsomely endowed compound in the hills filled with the gifts from those asking for a consultation.
(d) In the treetops with all the climbing creatures of Umuofia.

5. Which men fight in the final wrestling match of the day?
(a) Men chosen by the elders from 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 elected in each of the nine villages.

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

7. As Ekwefi and Okonkwo wait outside of Agbala's cave for Ezinma's return, what does Ekwefi think about?
(a) She thinks about what must be happening to Ezinma in the cave.
(b) She thinks about when she and Okonkwo were young, and how she left her first husband to be with Okonkwo.
(c) She thinks she will take Ezinma and move away from the village.
(d) She thinks about how she and Okonkwo can defeat Agbala.

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

9. Anasi is Nwakibie's first wife, which makes her the ruler over the other wives of Nwakibie. She is the only wife who can wear her husband's titles. Where are the titles worn on Anasi?
(a) On an anklet.
(b) Tattooed on her upper arm.
(c) On a necklace.
(d) In a hair piece.

10. 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 daughter will practice for the wedding ceremony, followed by a celebration.
(b) 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.
(c) It is the day his daughter's suitor will pay the bride-price and everyone will celebrate.
(d) It is the day his daughtor's suitor brings the whole neighborhood to see the hut where he and his bride will be living.

11. What is the first trial's dispute set before Evil Forest and the egwugwu?
(a) The case of one man stealing yams from the barn of another.
(b) The case of a mother beating her child to death.
(c) The case of Mgbafo running away from her husband, Uzowulu, because he beat her and caused her to miscarry. Mgbafo's relatives refuse to give him back the bride-price because he beats her.
(d) The case of a man being murdered and left by the side of the road by his brother.

12. Who is the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, in real life?
(a) Ekwefi, the second wife of Okonkwo
(b) Anasi, Okonkwo's first wife
(c) Noywe's mother
(d) Chielo, a widow with two children

13. Why is Umuofia feared by all its neighbors?
(a) Umuofia goes to war whether the case is clear and just or not.
(b) The medicine woman curses all its enemies.
(c) It is powerful in war and magic and has a strong war medicine called agadi-nwayi.
(d) It never tries to find a peaceful settlement before going to war.

14. 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) Ogbuefi Ezendu
(c) Okonkwo
(d) Nwoye

15. The first day of the new year is celebrated with feasting and fellowship. What takes place on the second day of the new year?
(a) The gathering of all the village musicians for singing and dancing.
(b) A play enacting the planting of yams put on by the children of all the villages in Umuofia.
(c) The great wrestling match between Okonkwo's village and their neighbors.
(d) A gathering in the marketplace for the preparation of the new yams for planting.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What does the law state in Umuofia if a woman runs away from her husband?

3. How long is Ikemenfuna in Okonkwo's care?

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

5. The Ibo people consider conversation to be very important. What form of conversation do they regard the most highly?

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