The Week of Peace is a week when the clan members must not engage in any

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The Week of Peace is a week when the clan members must not engage in any violent acts. If they do, the priest of the earth goddess, Ezeani, will punish the entire clan by ruining their harvest. In the past, a man who broke the peace was dragged through the city until dead. As his punishment for breaking the peace by beating his wife, Okonkwo must bring to the shrine of Ani one hen, a she-goat, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries. 4. What sentence in this chapter indicates that Nyoye’s life is greatly influenced by Ikemefuna’s presence in their household? “Nwoye remembered their period very vividly till the end of his life.” (Pg. 34) The period he remembers is the time he spent with Ikemefuna.
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T-6 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? Ani is the earth goddess and the source of fertility. She judges morality and conduct and is in contact with the dead, who are buried in the earth. The New Yam Festival is held once a year before the start of the harvest. All of the old yams are discarded. Some of the new yams are offered to the gods before any can be eaten by the clan. 2. What story is always told at the New Yam Festival? Why is it an example of a legend? The story of the man who could not see his relative because the foo-foo is too high is always told at the New Yam Festival. It is a legend because it is passed down by oral tradition from one generation to another and concerns a possible historical person. 3. In what ways do you think Okonkwo’s second wife both respects and dislikes her husband? Answers will vary. Example: She respects him because many years ago, she left her first husband to marry Okonkwo. She was attracted to him because of his strength in wrestling. She demonstrates another view of her husband when he beats her and she retaliates by accusing him of being a terrible hunter. 4. What is the purpose of the drums beating the day of the New Yam Festival? What might these drums symbolize? The drums begin beating at noon on the festival day, so everyone knows there will be wrestling after the sun goes. The drums beat like a human heart, symbolizing the strength of the Ibo customs on the lives of its people.
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T-7 5. What does Okonkwo say to criticize his daughter Ezinma, even though he really is fond of her? Why do you think he is so harsh? He tells her to sit like a lady with her feet stretched straight in front of her. She tries to continue a conversation with her father until her half-sister reminds him not to talk because the pepper may go down the wrong way. He tells Ezinma that she should have more sense like her sister. He may be harsh with her because he is afraid to express love and does not wish to appear weak.
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