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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. What are the traditional events when night falls and it is time to end Obierika's daughter's uri?
(a) The elders sit in a circle while singers sing each man's praise. Then the guest's rise to go and the bride is to leave with them for seven weeks.
(b) The leftover wine is divided into flasks for the guests to take home.
(c) The women gather all the pots, filling them with leftover food and give each guest a pot to take home.
(d) The singers sing a song of praise to Obierika for such a wonderful celebration.

2. As the drums sound and the flutes blast, what appears out of the egwugwu house?
(a) The medicine man
(b) The spirits of the ancestors emerge, followed by nine egwugwu, the masked spirits of the nine villages
(c) The priestess
(d) The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves

3. How many pots of wine do Obierika's in-laws brink to his home for the uri?
(a) Fifty
(b) Twenty
(c) None
(d) Twenty-five

4. Ekwefi awakes Okonkwo early in the morning pounding on his door. What is she anxious to tell him?
(a) The yam fields are on fire.
(b) Nwoye's mother is sick and calling for him.
(c) All the men of the village are to meet in the marketplace immediately.
(d) Their daughter, Ezinma is sick and dying.

5. Why do the people of Umuofia observe the Week of Peace?
(a) It is a time for families to develop bonds of love and understanding, making their relationships strong.
(b) It is a time to set aside differences with families and neighbors, forgiving them for past offenses.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. While talking with Okoye about the war, Unkona changes the subject to which topic?

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

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

4. What is the emergency that the great orator announces at the meeting in the marketplace?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the role of the women during the New Yam Festival.

2. Compare the personalities of Mr. Brown and Reverend Smith. Which man do you think was better for the people of Umuofia?

3. Okonkwo lives his life afraid of being seen as a failure. How does his suicide make him everything he vows never to be?

4. Who do you think benefits from the judgment of the egwuwu in the trial of Uzowulu and his wife and family and why?

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

6. Do you agree that Mr. Kiaga's choice of allowing the outcasts, osu, to join the other converts in the church is in the best interest of his congregation? Explain.

7. Summarize the advice Uchendu gives to Okonkwo about his lot in life.

8. How do the words of the missionaries impact Okonkwo's son, Nwoye?

9. Evaluate Okonkwo's frame of mind after the destruction of the yam crop.

10. The District Commissioner says that he will write a paragraph in his book about Okonkwo. Do you think a paragraph is enough to summarize Okonkwo's life? Explain.

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