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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 is the one passion that rules Okonkwo's life?

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

3. What is the festival that gives thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and source of fertility?

4. What happens to twins born in Umuofia?

5. Who is Okonkwo's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the Week of Peace celebrated in Umuofia . How does Okonkwo violate this sacred peace and what are the consequences?

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

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

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. How would you justify Okonkwo's harsh treatment of his family and his uncontrollable temper?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Explain Okonkwo's role in the clan when he returns to Umuofia after his seven year exile.

2) Describe his plan for himself and his sons upon his return and if it worked out.

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) What are some of the differences between the white man's religion and government and the way of life of the inhabitants of Umuofia?

2) What indications are there that the District Commissioner and Reverend Smith consider theirs a superior culture and try to impose it on the Igbo people?

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