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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. As the drums sound and the flutes blast, what appears out of the egwugwu house?
(a) The spirits of the ancestors emerge, followed by nine egwugwu, the masked spirits of the nine villages
(b) The medicine man
(c) The priestess
(d) The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves

2. What is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?
(a) To be affluent in money, wives, and children.
(b) To make sure his barn was always filled with yams.
(c) To hate everything his father loved.
(d) To obtain more wealth than anyone else in Umuofia.

3. Why does Okonkwo beat his second wife, Ojiugo, during the sacred Week of Peace?
(a) She cooks a meal that Okonkwo does not like.
(b) She disagrees with what Okonkwo has to say.
(c) She is at a friend's house and does not prepare Okonkwo's afternoon meal.
(d) She is caught with another man.

4. After speaking with the elders of nine villages, what does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna about what is going to happen to him?
(a) That he is being killed.
(b) That he is being exiled.
(c) That he is going home.
(d) That he is free to go.

5. Ezinma tells her mother, Ekwefi, that her upper eyelid is twitching. What does Ekwefi tell Ezinma the significance of the twitch is?
(a) It means the rains will come early this year.
(b) It means Ezinma will see something.
(c) It means Ezinma will have many children.
(d) It means Ezinma is going to cry.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Ekwefi and Okonkwo wait outside of Agbala's cave for Ezinma's return, what does Ekwefi think about?

3. How many men are in each of the two teams of wrestlers who face each other in the wrestling ring?

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

5. Why does Unkona change the subject to music when he and Oybe are discussing the impending war with the village of Mbaino?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tradition the in-laws must do for the uri?

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

3. Explain why Okoye, Unoka's friend, is considered a successful man.

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. 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.

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