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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Her husband is allowed to go get her, dragging her back home by the hair.
(d) She is to be killed and left unburied for the vultures and wild animals.

4. 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 hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(b) He is thankful that he will never be hungry living with Okonkwo, his three wives, and eight children.
(c) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.
(d) He is pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.

5. 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) Twelve men on each side
(c) Six men on each side
(d) Nine men on each side

6. 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 boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.
(c) 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.
(d) She grounds kola nuts and bananas together, forming a paste to put on Ezinma's tongue.

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

8. 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 asks other people of the village if Okonkwo can be trusted.
(c) He always believs big, strong men are trustworthy.
(d) He can tell by looking at Okonkwo that he is a hard worker, unlike many young men of the village.

9. 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) A swarm of locusts
(d) The spirits of the clans ancestors

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

11. 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) Noywe's mother
(c) Chielo, a widow with two children
(d) Anasi, Okonkwo's first wife

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

13. What is the strange event that takes place in the village of Ire that Ofoedo tells Okonkwo and Obierika about?
(a) All the yams planted in the fields rotted during the night from a curse sent by evil spirits.
(b) Ogbuefi Ndulue, the oldest man in the Ire village died and upon hearing about it, his wife, Ozoemena, died also.
(c) All the people in the village of Ire awoke in the night from dreams of disasters to come.
(d) The children of Ire stopped speaking for two days and went into a trance-like state.

14. 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 great wrestling match between Okonkwo's village and their neighbors.
(b) A play enacting the planting of yams put on by the children of all the villages in Umuofia.
(c) A gathering in the marketplace for the preparation of the new yams for planting.
(d) The gathering of all the village musicians for singing and dancing.

15. 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) Wash the children and get them ready for bed
(d) Review the events of the day

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ikemenfuna feel after three weeks of illness?

2. Ekwefi awakes Okonkwo early in the morning pounding on his door. What is she anxious to tell him?

3. What is the agreed upon bride-price for Akueke?

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

5. Who appears in front of Ekwefi as she waits tearfully outside Agbala's cave?

(see the answer keys)

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