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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. 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) Their daughter, Ezinma is sick and dying.
(c) The yam fields are on fire.
(d) All the men of the village are to meet in the marketplace immediately.

2. 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?
(a) They have her stand before them and recite a marriage poem while dressed in flowing robes.
(b) They study her body, which is decorated and painted in the traditional way: cam oil, black patterns on the skin, black necklace, red and yellow bangles, and waist beads.
(c) They feel how silky her hair is, and pinch her upper arms for plumpness.
(d) They observe how much she eats of the food that is set out before her, and how delicately she chews her food.

3. How many pots of wine do Obierika's in-laws brink to his home for the uri?
(a) Fifty
(b) Twenty
(c) None
(d) Twenty-five

4. Why do men and women look forward to the Feast of the New Yam?
(a) It is the beginning of the season of plenty--the new year. It begins with huge quantities of fresh yams, yam foo foo and vegetable soup.
(b) It is a feast of yam stew made from all the leftover yams of the past harvest, which is divided among all the people.
(c) The men and women cook and feed each other the yams from the previous harvest so that no food will be wasted.
(d) It is a festival of dancing around the new yams of the season and eating the rest of the old yams for the previous year.

5. Why does Nwakibie trust Okonkwo to farm his yam seeds?
(a) He asks other people of the village if Okonkwo can be trusted.
(b) He figures he can charge Okonkwo for the seeds with interest if the crop failed.
(c) He always believs big, strong men are trustworthy.
(d) He can tell by looking at Okonkwo that he is a hard worker, unlike many young men of the village.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are the children of the village prepared for the Feast of the New Yam?

2. Ezinma tells her mother, Ekwefi, that her upper eyelid is twitching. What does Ekwefi tell Ezinma the significance of the twitch is?

3. What is the decision of the egwugwu after hearing the case for Mgbafo's family against Uzowulu?

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

5. Who is the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, in real 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. 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.

3. 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".

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

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

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

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

8. Describe how Okonkwo continues to worry about his son Nwoye, especially after the death of Ikemefuna.

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

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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