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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to twins born in Umuofia?

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

3. After speaking with the elders of nine villages, what does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna about what is going to happen to him?

4. Why is Umuofia feared by all its neighbors?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Explain how Ikemefuna is a good friend to Obiageli on the day of the New Yam Festival.

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

5. Describe how Okonkwo goes against his nature when he goes to find Ikwefi at the sacred cave.

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. Explain what role the egwuwu, the ancestral spirits of the clan, has in the public trials of the nine villages of the clan.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Okonkwo's suicide at the end of the novel.

2) Did he have any other alternatives?

3) Do you think this act made him more or less of a hero to his people? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the traditional celebrations, The Week of Peace or The Feast of the New Yam. Describe what happens during the celebration. Who is involved in the celebration? How long does it last? What impact does it have on the people? What is required of the people during the celebration? What are the traditional food and dress required, and what is the punishment if someone should violate the celebration?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the role of women in the novel with the role of women in today's American society. Cite specific examples from the novel, detailing women's jobs and responsibilities.

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