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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 Ezinma, the daughter of Okonkwo's second wife, bring fire to Nwoye's mother's hut?
(a) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, makes a torch of banana leaves and palm oil, and gives it to Ezinma to carry to Nwoye's mother.
(b) Ezinma carries a flaming stick across the compound to Nwoye's mother's hut.
(c) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, puts live coals into a piece of broken pot and Ezinma carries it to Nwoye's mother.
(d) Ekwefi, Okonkwo's second wife, gives Ezinma a clay pot with burning leaves inside to carry to Nwoye's mother's hut.

2. Okonkwo is sitting in his obi with Ikemefuna and Nwoye, eating dried locusts when Ogbuefi Ezeudu comes with a message. What is the message?
(a) Ikemefuna is to be given all the rights of an adopted son to Okonkwo.
(b) Nwoye and Ikemefuna are to be declared by Umuofia as brothers for life.
(c) Umuofia decides to kill Ikemefuna. The Oracle of the Hills pronounces it. Okonkwo is not to take part in the killing because the boy calls him father.
(d) Ikemefuna is to remain in Okonkwo's household as a servant for the rest of his life.

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

4. What is Okonkwo's punishment for committing a "nso-ani" during the Week of Peace?
(a) Go to the shrine of Ani and confess his disrespectful behavior to the gods of the clan, remaining on his knees throughout a day and night.
(b) Bring a bamboo basket of yams, a flask of palm-wine and a hen to the shrine of Ani.
(c) Bring a she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries to the shrine of Ani.
(d) Go to the shrine of Ani, fast for three days, and beg forgiveness for breaking the sacred peace.

5. How is the weather during the first growing season that Okonkwo starts share-cropping for Nwakibie?
(a) The beginning of the season is poor weather for growing yams, but the second planting of the season grows huge yams, sweet and plump.
(b) The worst in memory: late rains and scorching sun kill the yams, then torrential downpours wash the seeds away.
(c) Some good days, and some bad: the yams grow, but not to their potential. Some days were too hot and some rains too severe.
(d) The best growing weather ever: yams flourish with the nightly rains and sunny days.

Short Answer Questions

1. Obierika's daughter, Akueke, is sixteen, just the right age for marrying. How does her suitor and his relatives determine if she is ripe for marriage?

2. Ekwefi awakes Okonkwo early in the morning pounding on his door. What is she anxious to tell him?

3. What descends on the land of Okonkwo, darkens the sky, settles on the rooftops, and breaks mighty tree branches under them?

4. Who is the first man Okonkwo works for as a share-cropper ?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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".

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. In your opinion, what is the biggest factor that makes Ikemefuna accept the fact that he is not returning to his homeland?

7. Explain how Okonkwo's stern attitude changes when he is awakened in the night because Ezinma is sick.

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

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

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

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