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The literary term is foreshadowing. Chapter Three Vocabulary tendrils – threads contemptible – horrible dregs – the worst parts malicious – evil 1. Describe the entrance to the shrine called Agbala. How does a worshipper get a message from the gods? What is a chi? The shrine is entered through a small hole at the side of the hill. A man must crawl on his belly to enter. A priestess stands by the sacred fire and proclaims the will of the god. Chi is a man’s personal god. 2. What proverb does Okonkwo use to compliment Nwakibie? “As our people say, a man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.” (Pg. 19)
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T-4 3. Describe the custom of wine sharing presented in this chapter. Before asking his favor, Okonkwo brings Nwakibie wine. Okonkwo is the first to taste his wine. Then the group drinks, beginning with the eldest man. After everyone has had several horns full, Nwakibie sends for his wives. The first wife drinks, followed by each of the other wives in the proper order. 4. Find a proverb describing why the palm-wine tapper gives up his trade, a proverb Okonkwo uses to convince Nwakibie to give him some yams, and a proverb Nwakibie uses to explain why he is stingy with his yams. “A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing.” (Pg. 20) “The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.” (Pg. 21) “Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching.” (Pg. 22) 5. State a general theme for this story using the piece of wisdom about failure that Unoka offers his son. Why does Okonkwo not listen to his father’s words? A proud man can accept failure if it applies to everyone and he does not fail alone. Okonkwo does not listen because he has lost all patience with his father. 6. List the crops that the women are responsible for in the Ibo clan. The women plant coco-yams, beans, and cassava. Yam is a man’s crop.
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T-5 Chapter Four Vocabulary brusqueness – rudeness benevolent – kind plait – hair braid repentant – sorry valediction – leaving deftly – – skillfully arduous – difficult poignant – moving or touching 1. Comment on the general truth Okonkwo learns from the following Ibo proverb: “When a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed.” (Pg. 27) Okonkwo’s strength of will contributes to achievements in the clan. A man’s personal god is influenced by the level of his ambition. 2. What are Ikemefuna’s special skills that make him popular with Nwoye? He is lively, can make flutes from grass, knows the names of the birds, can set animal traps, and knows which trees make the best bows. He also knows many folk tales. 3. What is the importance of the Week of Peace to the Ibo clan? In the past, how did the clan punish a man for breaking the peace? What is Okonkwo’s punishment?
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