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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do all the women abandon preparing the food for the uri and rush off to the Obierika's crop field?
(a) A neighbor's child went to the field and started picking the crops.
(b) The locusts landed on the crops and have to be brushed off the leaves.
(c) There is a cow loose in the field eating the crops and the women have to catch it.
(d) A fire broke out in the field and the women have to stomp it out.

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

3. After speaking with the elders of nine villages, what does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna about what is going to happen to him?
(a) That he is going home.
(b) That he is free to go.
(c) That he is being killed.
(d) That he is being exiled.

4. 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.

5. 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) The wonderful market in Umuike
(c) The goat farm in the village
(d) To a neighboring goat herder known for his fat goats

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

7. 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) Palm-wine, a cock, kola nut, and alligator pepper.
(b) Goat's milk and eggs.
(c) A bamboo basket and a goatflask.
(d) Campfire wood, and a pot of soup.

8. How many men are in each of the two teams of wrestlers who face each other in the wrestling ring?
(a) Nine men on each side
(b) Six men on each side
(c) Five men on each side
(d) Twelve men on each side

9. What is the emergency that the great orator announces at the meeting in the marketplace?
(a) The wife of Ogbuefi Udo is murdered in Mbaino when she goes to market.
(b) The warriors of Mbaino raid one of the villages of Umuofia.
(c) The yam harvest of one of the village celebrities is stolen from his barn.
(d) The powerful medicine woman of Umuofia dies during the night.

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

11. 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.

12. Obiageli, Nwoye's sister, comes home crying because her water pot is broken. How did her waterpot break?
(a) She overfilled the pot with water and was unable to carry the weight. The pot tipped and fell.
(b) She was pushed by Nwoye's younger brother and fell with her pot, spilling the water and smashing the pot.
(c) She tripped over a stone in the pathway, and fell with her water pot.
(d) She was showing off, swaying her waist and the pot fell.

13. 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 hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(d) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.

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

15. What is a man who holds the ozo title forbidden to do?
(a) Drink from the tapping of short palm trees.
(b) Tap the tall palm trees.
(c) Talk to a single woman in public.
(d) Wrestle during the Feast of the New Yam.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ezinma tells her mother, Ekwefi, that her upper eyelid is twitching. What does Ekwefi tell Ezinma the significance of the twitch is?

2. What does Okagbue, the medicine man, dig up from under the orange tree that makes the people of the village believe that Ezinma will live to adulthood?

3. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?

4. What is the shameful death Unoka endures?

5. How is the weather during the first growing season that Okonkwo starts share-cropping for Nwakibie?

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