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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. Which of the spectators of the wrestling match are allowed to sit around the huge circle of the wrestling ring?

2. When Okonkwo is angry and cannot speak because of his stutter, how does he get his point across?

3. Why does Okonkwo beat his second wife, Ojiugo, during the sacred Week of Peace?

4. How long is Ikemenfuna in Okonkwo's care?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize the role of the women during the New Yam Festival.

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write three paragraphs relating the events that led up to Okonkwo's demise for the District Commissioner's book: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the evidence presented to the egwugwu in the case of Mgbafo and Uzowlulu. Do you think the testimony given by each side is convincing? Defend or criticize the verdict of the egwugwu.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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