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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. Okonkwo is very prosperous, owning a large compound with many huts, and an abundance of food. Ikemefuna is given to Okonkwo to live with him until the clan decides Ikemefuna's fate. How does Ikemefuna react to living with Okonkwo?
(a) He is pleased to be living with such a powerful, wealthy man.
(b) He hopes to learn how to become a great farmer and warrior from Okonkwo.
(c) He is afraid and does not understand the circumstances.
(d) He is thankful that he will never be hungry living with Okonkwo, his three wives, and eight children.

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

3. 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 needs to talk to Okonkwo
(c) That Agbala is putting a curse on Okonkwo's house
(d) That Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves wants to see Ezinma

4. Who are the two groups of people who stand facing the elders at the ceremonial trial?
(a) One group is Mgbafo and her three brothers. The other group is her husband, Uzowulu, and his relatives.
(b) One group is the three oldest men from the village. The other group is their sons.
(c) One group is the twelve-year-old boys from the village. The other group is their fathers.
(d) One group is wrestlers from the nine villages, and the other group is judges.

5. Where does the powerful Oracle of the Hills, Agbala, live?
(a) In the treetops with all the climbing creatures of Umuofia.
(b) In a large, handsomely endowed compound in the hills filled with the gifts from those asking for a consultation.
(c) Deep underground with the creatures of the soil, beneath the hills and all things that live above the ground.
(d) Through a round hole in the side of the hill leading to a dimly lit cave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the shameful death Unoka endures?

2. Who appears in front of Ekwefi as she waits tearfully outside Agbala's cave?

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

4. What does Okonkwo bring with him to share with the wealthy Nwakibie and his family before asking for yam seeds and share cropping privileges?

5. Why is Okonkwo considered one of the greatest men of his time?

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

3. Explain why sharecropping is a very difficult way to get ahead for Okonkwo, and how it impacts his parents and sisters.

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

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

6. 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".

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

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

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

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

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