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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 happens to twins born in Umuofia?
(a) They are drowned.
(b) They are placed in earthenware pots and thrown away in the forest.
(c) They are revered as sacred above all other infants.
(d) They are considered good luck and raised by the priestess of the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves.

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 do the women of the clan prepare for the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) They scrub the walls and huts with red earth, draw patterns on them in white, yellow and green, paint themselves with cam wood, and draw black patterns on their stomach and backs.
(b) They cleanse their bodies, wear a simple robe and sandles, and scrub their faces. They are to go to the festival free of all paint, jewelry, or ornamentation of any kind.
(c) They decorate robes with intricate patterns made of colored beans, plaite each others hair, color their faces with red clay, and make veils to cover their faces during the festival.
(d) They gather in the marketplace to share all their clothing, jewelry and sandals with one another. They wear each others belongings to prove to the goddess, Ani, that they are worthy people.

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

5. What do the people of Umuofia fear in the night?
(a) Evil spirits, dangerous animals, and snakes.
(b) Bandits in search of money and food.
(c) Kidnappers looking for children to sell as slaves.
(d) Rogue warriors from Mbaino.

Short Answer Questions

1. The punishment for breaking the sacred peace changes through the years. What happened to a man that broke the Week of Peace in the past?

2. Why does Okonkwo worry about his son, Nwoye?

3. How can an observer tell if a communal ceremony is only for the men of the village?

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

5. What is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Week of Peace celebrated in Umuofia . How does Okonkwo violate this sacred peace and what are the consequences?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Is it evident that the tribal rituals of marriage are important for not only the wedding couple, but the entire village?

9. Do you think Okonkwo is justified in being ashamed of his father? Explain why.

10. 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.

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