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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) The beginning of the season is poor weather for growing yams, but the second planting of the season grows huge yams, sweet and plump.
(c) The worst in memory: late rains and scorching sun kill the yams, then torrential downpours wash the seeds away.
(d) Some good days, and some bad: the yams grow, but not to their potential. Some days were too hot and some rains too severe.

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

4. When is the only time that Unkona is not haggard and mournful?
(a) After paying off his debts.
(b) When fighting for his village against the village of Mbaino.
(c) When providing food for his wife and children.
(d) When drinking and playing his flute.

5. 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 he angers his ancestors and they plague his land.
(b) That he should stay home and offer sacrifices to the gods.
(c) That Unoka has offended the gods and that is why his crop fail.
(d) That Unoka sows his yams on exhausted land rather than making the effort to clear new land.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the spectators of the wrestling match are allowed to sit around the huge circle of the wrestling ring?

2. Who are the two groups of people who stand facing the elders at the ceremonial trial?

3. Which men fight in the final wrestling match of the day?

4. Why does Nwakibie trust Okonkwo to farm his yam seeds?

5. What is used to inform all the men of the Umuofia to meet in the market place the following morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the stories of men to the stories of women in Umuofia.

2. Explain why Okoye, Unoka's friend, is considered a successful man.

3. Explain how Ekwefi defies the traditions of the clan when Chielo takes Ezinma to Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves.

4. Analyze Okonkwo's feelings for Enzinma and Ekwefi, and how they relate to his fear of weakness.

5. Predict what might happen later in the book from the conversation of Obierika, Machi, and Okonkwo when they talk about "what is good in one place is bad in another . . ." and that the polite name for leprosy is "white skin".

6. Do you agree with Okonkwo when he gives the fatal blow to Ikemefuna with his machete?

7. Explain how Ikemefuna is a good friend to Obiageli on the day of the New Yam Festival.

8. Summarize how the people pass the time during the rainy season.

9. Describe why Okonkwo is considered a wealthy man by Umuofia's standards.

10. Evaluate Okonkwo's reputation in the nine villages of Umuofia.

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