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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. Why does Okonkwo worry about his son, Nwoye?
(a) He thinks his son will not become a musician like he wants him to.
(b) He thinks his son is too boastful, which may turn others against him.
(c) He thinks his son is too aggressive, which might lead him into danger.
(d) Okonkwo thinks his son is too much like his mother and weak like his grandfather.

2. Nwoye's mother calls Ezinma "Ezigbo" when she brings the fire to Nwoye's mother's hut. What does "Ezigbo" mean?
(a) Good work
(b) The good one
(c) Good girl
(d) Helpful child

3. When Okonkwo is angry and cannot speak because of his stutter, how does he get his point across?
(a) Uses hand motions to relay his message.
(b) Takes a deep breath and gets control of himself.
(c) Walks away, returning when he is calmer.
(d) Uses his fists against the person who angers him.

4. One night, the storytelling of Okonkwo 's wives and children stops because the priestess, Chielo is shouting in a high-pitched voice. What does she tell Okonkwo?
(a) That Agbala wants to see all Okonkwo's wives
(b) That Agbala is putting a curse on Okonkwo's house
(c) That Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves wants to see Ezinma
(d) That Agbala needs to talk to Okonkwo

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nwoye's mother treat Ikemenfuna?

2. What hopes does Okonkwo have for his son, Nwoye's , future?

3. Who is the powerful orator that informs the ten thousand men of the emergency facing the nine villages of Umuofia?

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

5. Why does Unkona's neighbor, Okoye, visit him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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".

3. Describe the weather patterns the year Okonkwo promises to farm the eight hundred yam seeds from Nwakibie, and how they affect the yams.

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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