His father is lazy and a debtor he can barely feed

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His father is lazy and a debtor. He can barely feed his family, and he takes no titles in the community. Unoka has the capacity to enjoy life and must be pleasant to be around, since so many people let him borrow money from them.
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T-2 4. Find an example of a proverb in this first chapter. Answers may vary. Example: “He always said whenever he saw a dead man’s mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one’s lifetime.” (Pg. 4) “Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.” (Pg. 8) 5. Locate a simile on the first page and explain it. “Okonwo was as slippery as a fish in water.” (Pg. 3) It indicates that he could not be held by his opponent, like a fish cannot be grabbed when it is wet. 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) The children are permitted to play outside when there is a full moon. If it is dark, they must be quiet for fear of disturbing evil spirits. 2. How does Okonkwo reaffirm his greatness as a warrior to the people of his village? He has five human heads taken in battle. On social occasions, he drinks palm-wine from the first human head. 3. What is the “normal course of action” when a member of a neighboring clan murders one of the Ibo? The Ibo send an ultimatum offering the other clan the choice between war and paying compensation in the form of a young man and a female virgin. 4. How does the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves prevent the powerful Umuofia from going to war with their neighbors? The Umuofia believe if the Oracle does not accept their reasons for wanting to go to war, they will be defeated. Since the Oracle would never approve a “fight of blame” where the Umuofia people are at fault, the Umuofia compensate the Ibo clan by sending them a young man and a female virgin.
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T-3 5. Why does Okonkwo behave as a cruel man when, “perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo is not a cruel man”? (Pg. 13) His deepest fear is that he will resemble his father. He hates everything about his father and refuses to openly demonstrate any weak behavior, such as gentleness or love. 6. Briefly describe the physical layout of Okonkwo’s compound. His hut or obi is behind the gate. Each of his three wives has her own hut in a semi-circle behind his. There is a barn for the yams, a shed for the goats, a place for chickens attached to each woman’s hut, and a shrine near the barn where Okonkwo worships. 7. What does the reader know about Ikemefuna’s fate by the end of the second chapter? What literary term is employed? He does not understand why he was taken from his home. He is going to stay with Okonkwo’s wife and will be there for three years. “The lad’s name was Ikemefuna, whose sad story is still told in Umuofia unto this day.” (Pg. 12) The sentence indicates that something bad will occur to him. The literary term is foreshadowing.
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