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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 does Ekwefi do after Chielo carries Ezinma away on her back?
(a) She runs into her hut in despair.
(b) She screams at Okonkwo to go bring Ezinma back.
(c) She runs to the other wives for solace.
(d) She follows Chielo.

2. How does Ekwefi make the medicine she hopes would cure Ezinma?
(a) She boiled a hen, added yams and nuts to make a medicinal broth for Ezinma to drink.
(b) 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.
(c) She mixes palm-wine and red clay into a medicinal mud and rubs it on Ezinma's face and chest.
(d) She grounds kola nuts and bananas together, forming a paste to put on Ezinma's tongue.

3. Why is Okonkwo's twelve-year-old son, Nwoye, causing him great anxiety?
(a) Nwoye complains about having to work in the fields from dawn to dusk.
(b) Okonkwo believes his son to be lazy.
(c) Nwoye is a wild, unruly boy.
(d) Okonkwo is jealous of his son's growing strength.

4. How does Ikemenfuna feel after three weeks of illness?
(a) He is still bitter and afraid.
(b) He cries every night after his illness for his mother and sisters.
(c) He vows revenge on Okonkwo and his family.
(d) He gets better and is no longer afraid or sad to be in Okonkwo's home.

5. 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 his daughter's suitor will pay the bride-price and everyone will celebrate.
(c) 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.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the strange event that takes place in the village of Ire that Ofoedo tells Okonkwo and Obierika about?

2. Why does Okonkwo beat his second wife, Ojiugo, during the sacred Week of Peace?

3. What are the things that Okonkwo fears most?

4. Why is the big, ancient silk-cotton tree in the playground considered sacred?

5. Why does Okoye need to collect a past debt from Unkona?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the people of Umuofia justify mutilating the bodies of children who die in infancy or early childhood, refusing to bury them but leaving them in the forest?

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

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

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

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

6. How would you justify Okonkwo's harsh treatment of his family and his uncontrollable temper?

7. Do you agree with the old man who said that Okonkwo's palm-kernels had been cracked for him by a benevolent spirit? Justify your answer.

8. Why don't the people want an even wrestling match, ending in a tie?

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

10. Okonkwo's father dies in debt, with no titles to his name. Relate why Okonkwo does not have to worry that his father's reputation will be held against him.

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