Okonkwo does not eat for three days he feels terrible

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Okonkwo does not eat for three days. He feels terrible about the boy’s death, but also despises himself for feeling terrible, being weak, and acting like a woman. 2. What do we learn about the role of women in the Ibo society by the death of Ogbuefi Ndulue? If a man consults his wife about a decision, he is considered to be weak. In addition, if a man and wife die at the same time, the wife must be buried first. The drums can then sound for the husband’s funeral. 3. Why is Obierika sometimes sorry he has the title of ozo ? A man with the title “ozo” is not permitted to tap the palm trees. He thinks it is a shame that he must sit by and watch the young inexperienced men kill his trees because they do not know how to properly tap them. 4. What general truth is found in the following proverb? “When mother-cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth.” (Pgs. 70-71) A woman’s child inherits her intelligence and energy. 5. How is Akueke’s bride price settled? Find a proverb explaining the negotiating process. The bride price is decided by passing back and forth a basket of short broomsticks. Akueke’s father first puts 30 sticks in the basket. The bridegroom passes it back with fifteen. They finally settle on twenty broomsticks, which translates into 20 bags of cowries. “If I fall down for you and you fall down for me, it is play.”(Pg. 73) 6. What do the Ibo people think about white men in general? What other evidence has there been in the story proving the existence of white men in Nigeria? They compare whites to lepers and think they have no toes. Okonkwo has a gun, which must have come from the white men.
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T-10 Chapter Nine Vocabulary specious – false agility – skill devoid – minus or empty manifest – made clear audacity - boldness wont – accustomed 1. What is an ogbanje? How does Okonkwo deal with it? What does the medicine man do to ensure Ezinma does not return to the spirit world? Ogbanje is an evil child, who, after death, refuses to stay dead. It keeps coming back in its mother’s womb as another child. Okonkwo goes to two different medicine men to get rid of the Obganje. The medicine man makes Ezinma dig up her iyi-uwa, a special stone that links the Ogbanje with the spirit world. If it is taken away from Ezinma, she will live and not return to the spirit world. 2. What lesson is taught by the fable about the snake lizard and his mother? Green vegetables shrink when they cook. 3. What evidence is there that male children are important to Ibo women? After the birth of three sons in a row, Okonkwo slaughters a goat for his first wife and they have a celebration.
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T-11 Chapter Ten Vocabulary communal – in a community pandemonium – uproar, confusion quavering – shaking esoteric – only known by a few; confidential approbation – criticism faggots – sticks trifle – small amount 1. Who are the egwugwu? Why are there nine of them?
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