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

2. What are the women's duties after the yams are planted?
(a) They plant maize, melons, and beans between the mounds. They also weeded the farm three times per planting season.
(b) They make meals for the men working in the fields.
(c) They plant kola nuts between the yams, and weed the yams every day.
(d) They make bamboo woven hats for the farmers working in the hot sun.

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

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

5. Nine out of ten of Ekwefi's children die in infancy. After the second death, Okonkwo goes to the medicine man to find out why this is happening. What explanation does the diviner give?
(a) Ekwefi did not eat vegetable soup throughout her pregnancies.
(b) The child is an agbanje, a wicked child that enters the mother's womb to be born again.
(c) Ekwefi is weak and should not become pregnant again.
(d) Ekwefi should just keep trying, and sooner or later a child would survive.

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

3. Why do men and women look forward to the Feast of the New Yam?

4. What are the things that Okonkwo fears most?

5. When is the only time that Unkona is not haggard and mournful?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Relate how Okonkwo is able to plant his first yam-seeds when his father gives him nothing.

3. Determine the point of view of Mbaino with regard to settling the dispute with Umuofia over the murder of Ezeugo.

4. Why do you think so many people in Umuofia gather with excitement to watch the wrestling matches?

5. Compare the differences in the attitudes of the people of Umuofia with regard to a dark night and a moonlit night.

6. Explain what role the egwuwu, the ancestral spirits of the clan, has in the public trials of the nine villages of the clan.

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

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

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

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

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