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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. Why does Okonkwo insult Osugo at a meeting by calling him a woman?

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

3. Okonkwo ate his wive's meals, and his wives and children are their supper. What is the next thing his wives and children do?

4. What descends on the land of Okonkwo, darkens the sky, settles on the rooftops, and breaks mighty tree branches under them?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain how Ekwefi defies the traditions of the clan when Chielo takes Ezinma to Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves.

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

6. Do you think Okonkwo is justified in being ashamed of his father? Explain why.

7. 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".

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

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

10. Compare the stories of men to the stories of women in Umuofia.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Compare and contrast two characters from the novel.

2) What are their physical descriptions, their personalities, feelings, and speech and behavior?

3) Are they believable characters, and how do other characters feel about them?

4) How do they relate to one another?

Essay Topic 2

Enoch, the court messenger, is the cause of one of the biggest conflicts between the white man and the clan members. Describe the consequences of his offense and how it leads to further tragedy in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze Nwoye's struggles with coming of age.

2) Would you say that his fears and emotions were a blessing or a curse?

3) Do you defend or criticize his conversion to the white man's religion? Why do you feel this way?

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