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2. How did Okonkwo bring honor to his village as a young man? What other achievements make him an important man? 3. Why does Okonkwo have no patience with his own father, Unoka? What good qualities does Unoka have that his son fails to appreciate? 4. Find an example of a proverb in this first chapter. 5. Locate a simile on the first page and explain it.
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S-2 Chapter Two Vocabulary discerned – figured out imperious – domineering emissary – ambassador capricious – impulsive 1. What is the general truth stated in the following proverb : “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk”? (Pg. 10) 2. How does Okonkwo reaffirm his greatness as a warrior to the people of his village? 3. What is the “normal course of action” when a member of a neighboring clan murders one of the Ibo? 4. How does the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves prevent the powerful Umuofia from going to war with their neighbors? 5. Why does Okonkwo behave as a cruel man when, “perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo is not a cruel man”? (Pg. 13) 6. Briefly describe the physical layout of Okonkwo’s compound. 7. What does the reader know about Ikemefuna’s fate by the end of the second chapter? What literary term is employed?
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S-3 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? 2. What proverb does Okonkwo use to compliment Nwakibie? 3. Describe the custom of wine sharing presented in this chapter. 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. 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? 6. List the crops that the women are responsible for in the Ibo clan.
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S-4 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) 2. What are Ikemefuna’s special skills that make him popular with Nwoye? 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? 4. What sentence in this chapter indicates that Nyoye’s life is greatly influenced by Ikemefuna’s presence in their household?
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S-5 Chapter Five Vocabulary reveled – celebrated tentative – not fully worked out pottage – soup or stew calabashes – gourds 1. Why is Ani the most important deity in the lives of the Ibo people? What is the New Yam Festival?
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