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Okonkwo thinks they are mad. Missionaries say there is only one God, but then they say he has a son and no wife. The people enjoy the hymns. Chapter Seventeen Vocabulary fetishes – objects of worship miscreant – villain; evildoer effeminate – behaving like a woman impotent – lacking power 1. Why do the Mbanta people begin to believe the white man’s religion has great power? How long do they wait for the Evil Forest to do its work? Whites build their church in the Evil Forest. The people give them this land so they will be driven out by the evil spirits. The white men are not driven out, so they must have a very powerful religion. They wait seven market weeks or twenty eight days. 2. How does the Ibo superstition about the birth of twins compel the first native woman to join the white man’s church? The native woman has given birth to twins in the past. Her people left the twins to die in the Evil Forest because twins are evil spirits. She joins the white church because she is pregnant again and wants to keep her babies this time.
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T-17 3. How does Okonkwo react when he is told his son is attending the white man’s church? Okonkwo becomes violent and hits him with a big stick. 4. Why is Okonkwo terrified that his other children will join Nwoye in the white man’s church? Okonkwo believes that after he dies, he will wait for his children to worship him at his ancestral shrine; there will be no worshippers, though, because his children will all belong to the white man’s church. 5. What name does Okonkwo’s clan call him? How does this name help him to understand how he, a strong man, could father such a weak son? He is called “Roaring Flame” because of his strength and quick temper. He thinks he is like the fire in his hut: “Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.” (Pg. 153) Chapter Eighteen Vocabulary caste – group in society wavering – shaking adherents – believers atonement – amends blasphemous – sacrilegious ostracize – to exile derision – mockery, disrespect 1. Who are the osu? How do they cause trouble for the new white church? The osu are outcasts of the clan. They are forced to grow their hair long and are excluded from the village life. When the osu decide to join the white church, the other converts object, saying they are not worthy to be followers of Christ. The church leader, Mr. Kiaga, disagrees and lets them join, so long as they shave off their long hair. 2. Who triggers a new conflict between the clan and the white church? What does Okonkwo want to do to solve it? What does he think of the clan’s final solution? One of the osu kills a sacred python. Okonkwo wants to take a stick and break the man’s head. The clan decides to ostracize the members of the white church from all clan places, such as access to water, red-earth, and chalk. Okonkwo thinks they are a “womanly clan” because of their lack of violent action.
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T-18 3. Why does the clan ultimately relent on their sanctions against the members of the white church?
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