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  • 1. 

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot see the falconer Things fall apart, the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the land Based on the excerpt from WB Yeats' poem, what 2 themes can you expect to find in the novel

    • A.

      Love and family relationship

    • B.

      Confusion and anarchy

    • C.

      Friendship and strength

    Correct Answer
    B. Confusion and anarchy
    Explanation
    Based on the excerpt from WB Yeats' poem, the two themes that can be expected to find in the novel are confusion and anarchy. The lines "Things fall apart, the center cannot hold" and "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the land" suggest a state of chaos and disorder. The imagery of a falcon unable to see its falconer implies a sense of disconnection and confusion. These themes indicate that the novel may explore the breakdown of societal order and the resulting confusion and anarchy.

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  • 2. 

    Why is Okonkwo afraid to resemble his father in any way?

    • A.

      His father is an ugly man

    • B.

      His father  represents failure

    • C.

      His father is ashamed of him

    Correct Answer
    B. His father  represents failure
    Explanation
    Okonkwo is afraid to resemble his father in any way because his father represents failure. Okonkwo's father is portrayed as weak, lazy, and unsuccessful, which goes against Okonkwo's values of strength, hard work, and success. Okonkwo fears that if he resembles his father, he will also be seen as a failure and lose the respect and status he has worked so hard to achieve in his community.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is a direct characterization of Okonkwo?

    • A.

      "When he walked his heel never touched the ground and he seems to walk on springs, as if he was going to pounce on somebody"

    • B.

      "He had no patience with unsuccessful men"

    • C.

      "He had a slight stammer and when he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fist."

    Correct Answer
    B. "He had no patience with unsuccessful men"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He had no patience with unsuccessful men". This statement directly characterizes Okonkwo by highlighting his lack of tolerance towards men who are not successful. It suggests that Okonkwo values success and despises those who do not achieve it. This characterization reveals Okonkwo's ambitious and competitive nature, as well as his high standards and expectations for himself and others.

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  • 4. 

    What does the communal meeting in Chapter 2 suggests about the Igbo culture?

    • A.

      They were a talkative set of people

    • B.

      The society was very powerful

    • C.

      Decisions were made based on communal responses

    Correct Answer
    C. Decisions were made based on communal responses
    Explanation
    The communal meeting in Chapter 2 suggests that decisions in Igbo culture were made based on communal responses. This means that the community as a whole had a say in the decision-making process, and individual opinions were taken into consideration. This highlights the importance of collective decision-making and the value placed on community consensus in Igbo culture.

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  • 5. 

    What is the significance of the killing of the daughter of Umuofia by the men of Mbaino?

    • A.

      It shows how vicious the society is

    • B.

      It introduces Ikemefuna into the plot

    • C.

      It shows the might of Okonkwo

    Correct Answer
    B. It introduces Ikemefuna into the plot
    Explanation
    The killing of the daughter of Umuofia by the men of Mbaino is significant because it introduces Ikemefuna into the plot. This event leads to the decision that Ikemefuna, a young boy from Mbaino, will be given to Umuofia as compensation for the murder. Ikemefuna's arrival in Umuofia brings about a shift in the dynamics of the story, as he becomes a central character and influences the actions and relationships of other characters, particularly Okonkwo.

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  • 6. 

    What is the importance of the Oracle of the Hills to the Igbo society?

    • A.

      It is where the gods live

    • B.

      It is consulted by the people for advice

    • C.

      It is where the ancestors are buried

    Correct Answer
    B. It is consulted by the people for advice
    Explanation
    The Oracle of the Hills holds great significance in Igbo society as it is a source of guidance and wisdom. The people consult the Oracle for advice on important matters, seeking its divine knowledge and insight. The Oracle's counsel is highly valued and respected, as it is believed to be a direct line of communication with the gods. By seeking advice from the Oracle, the Igbo people hope to make informed decisions and ensure their actions align with the will of the gods.

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  • 7. 

    Why is The Week of Peace sacred to the Igbo people?

    • A.

      It is a time of celebration to the gods after a war

    • B.

      It is the time of reflection to the people after a good year

    • C.

      It is a sacrifice to the earth goddess for prosperity

    Correct Answer
    C. It is a sacrifice to the earth goddess for prosperity
    Explanation
    The Week of Peace is considered sacred to the Igbo people because it is a time when they make sacrifices to the earth goddess for prosperity. This implies that the Igbo people believe that by honoring and appeasing the earth goddess, they will be blessed with abundance and good fortune. The Week of Peace is therefore seen as a crucial period for the community to come together and ensure the well-being and prosperity of their society.

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  • 8. 

    What is the significance of the kola to the society?

    • A.

      It is a good nut to eat

    • B.

      It represents power

    • C.

      It is a symbol of life and prosperity

    Correct Answer
    C. It is a symbol of life and prosperity
    Explanation
    The kola nut is considered significant in society because it symbolizes life and prosperity. In many cultures, it is used in ceremonies and rituals to bring good luck and blessings. The nut is also believed to have various health benefits and is often used as a natural stimulant. Additionally, the kola nut is seen as a symbol of hospitality and friendship, as it is commonly offered as a gesture of welcome to guests. Overall, the kola nut holds cultural and symbolic importance in society.

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  • 9. 

    "Looking at the king, one would think he did not suck at his mother's breast." This proverb is used in reference to Okonkwo because:

    • A.

      He boasted of his greatness

    • B.

      He achieved greatness in such a short time

    • C.

      He had no patience with unsuccessful men.

    Correct Answer
    C. He had no patience with unsuccessful men.
    Explanation
    This proverb is used in reference to Okonkwo because it implies that he did not have the patience or tolerance for those who were not successful. It suggests that Okonkwo had high expectations and standards for himself and others, and he did not have sympathy or understanding for those who did not meet those expectations. The proverb is used to highlight Okonkwo's lack of empathy and his harsh judgment towards those who were not as successful as him.

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  • 10. 

    Setting can be time period or geographical. Which of the following is an example of a time period?

    • A.

      Week of Peace

    • B.

      The Oracle of the Hills

    • C.

      Mbaino

    Correct Answer
    A. Week of Peace
    Explanation
    The Week of Peace is an example of a time period because it refers to a specific week in time. It suggests a temporary period of peace, possibly within a community or society, where conflicts and disputes are set aside for that particular week. This indicates that the setting is defined by a specific time frame rather than a geographical location.

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  • 11. 

    What are the importance of the Week of Peace and the Festivals of Yams to the Igbo society?

    • A.

      It is a time of resting and reflecting

    • B.

      Both are used to celebrate the start of a New Year

    • C.

      Both are celebrations to the earth goddess Ani to ask for prosperity for the new year

    Correct Answer
    C. Both are celebrations to the earth goddess Ani to ask for prosperity for the new year
    Explanation
    The Week of Peace and the Festivals of Yams are important to the Igbo society because they are both celebrations dedicated to the earth goddess Ani. During these celebrations, the Igbo people offer prayers and sacrifices to Ani, asking for prosperity and abundance in the coming year. These celebrations serve as a way for the community to come together, express gratitude, and seek blessings from the earth goddess, who is believed to have the power to bring fertility and good fortune to the land and its people.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following shows how important the Earth goddess Ani is to the people of Umuofia?

    • A.

      Those who died during the Week of Peace were not buried but thrown in the Evil Forest

    • B.

      There must be immediate appeasing to Ani if the Week of Peace is broken

    • C.

      Sacrifices are made to Ani everyday during the Festivals of Yams

    Correct Answer
    B. There must be immediate appeasing to Ani if the Week of Peace is broken
    Explanation
    The answer suggests that the Earth goddess Ani is highly revered and respected by the people of Umuofia. It implies that breaking the Week of Peace, which is a sacred event, is a serious offense that requires immediate appeasement to Ani. This indicates the significance of Ani in the community's belief system and their understanding of the consequences of disrespecting her.

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  • 13. 

    Simile: Why was Okonkwo described to be "as slippery as fish" while he was wrestling the Cat?

    • A.

      It was difficult for the Cat to pin him down

    • B.

      He ran away from the Cat

    • C.

      He was slimmer than the Cat

    Correct Answer
    A. It was difficult for the Cat to pin him down
    Explanation
    Okonkwo was described as "as slippery as fish" because it was difficult for the Cat to pin him down while they were wrestling. This implies that Okonkwo was agile and elusive, making it challenging for his opponent to hold him down. The simile suggests that Okonkwo possessed quick reflexes and the ability to evade his opponent's grasp, making him a formidable wrestler.

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  • 14. 

    Unoka is a foil to Okoye - what does this mean?

    • A.

      That both men dealt with situations in the same way

    • B.

      That both men were musicians but Okoye was successful

    • C.

      That both men had been through the same experiences

    Correct Answer
    B. That both men were musicians but Okoye was successful
    Explanation
    Unoka being a foil to Okoye means that both men were musicians, but Okoye was successful while Unoka was not. A foil is a character who contrasts with another character, highlighting their differences. In this case, Unoka's lack of success in his musical career serves to emphasize Okoye's success and talent.

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  • 15. 

    What three things do elders in the Igbo society represent?

    • A.

      Sickness, death and fear

    • B.

      Wisdom, courage and patience

    • C.

      Wisdom, experience and culture

    Correct Answer
    C. Wisdom, experience and culture
    Explanation
    Elders in the Igbo society are seen as the embodiment of wisdom, experience, and culture. They are respected for their accumulated knowledge and are considered the guiding figures in decision-making processes. Their experience is valued as they have lived through various situations and can provide guidance based on their past. Additionally, elders play a crucial role in preserving and passing down the cultural traditions and values of the Igbo society to younger generations.

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