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Chapter Six Vocabulary grandees – rulers taut – tight disembodied – without a body fronds – leaves of plants like ferns and palm trees prophesied – predicted the future 1. How do the drums reflect the emotions of the crowds at the wrestling match? When the match begins, the people are very excited and the “drums rose to a frenzy.” (Pg. 47) The people begin to relax and talk after the drums stop for a rest. The tension in the spectators rises again when the drums start. 2. Why do you think Ezinma’s mother says to the priestess “Perhaps she has come to stay”? (Pg. 48) She does not think her daughter will die as a child, but will mature into an adult. 3. Prove the following statement with incidents from the story: Physical strength is greatly admired by the Ibo people. The people carry the victorious wrestler on their shoulders after the match. He is a hero to the people because of his strength and skill.
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T-8 Chapter Seven Vocabulary feign – fake rebuked – scolded harbinger – omen of the future copiously – a great deal of amiss – wrong tendril – thin, new growth on a plant wily – clever, sneaky espied – saw 1. How is Nwoye changed after Ikemefuna’s arrival? He is more masculine and spends less time with his mother. Okonkwo believes this change is due to Ikemefuna’s influence. 2. Why do you think Nwoye’s mother tells the story about the Earth and the Sky? Why is this story considered a myth? What is Nwoye’s dilemma? She tells Nwoye the story so the boy may learn the value of violence and bloodshed. The story is a myth because it explains the source of rain. Nwoye knows he should want to hear masculine stories of violence, but he has a preference for his mother’s. 3. What advice does Ezeudu give to Okonkwo regarding Ikemefuna’s death? Ikemefuna is going to be killed by the clan. Ezeudu tells Okonkwo not to participate in the killing because the boy thinks of him as his father. 4. Why does Okonkwo kill Ikemefuna? How does this action also destroy his relationship with his son Nwoye? He kills Ikemefuna because he is afraid that if he does not, the men in the village will think he is weak. Nwoye feels empty, as he did when he heard the sound of a baby crying in the forest. It was the custom of the people to put twins in pots and leave them in the forest to die. He does not believe in either killing Ikemefuna or the twins. Nwoye is not like his father and probably will continue to grow apart from him after Ikemefuna’s death. 5. Find a metaphor in this chapter. Answers may vary. Example: “Where are the young suckers that will grow when the old banana tree dies?” (Pg. 66)
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T-9 Chapter Eight Vocabulary coiffure – hairdo snuff – tobacco succulent – full and firm 1. How does Okonkwo feel about his role in Ikemefuna’s death?
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