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Chapter 1 1: How was Okonkwo's identity in the village formed? 2: Give some details of Okonkwo's physical identity. 3: How would Okonkwo describe a successful man? 4: Describe Unoka. In whose eyes was he a failure?
Chapter 2 1: Describe some traditions rituals mentioned. 2: How is justice brought upon the tribal people? Who decides? 3: How did Ikemefuna come to Umuofia? 4: How did Okonwko rule his household? 5: What was Okonkwo's fear? 6: Describe Ikemefuna.
Chapter 3 1: Describe Okonkwo's childhood. 2: Where do people go to obtain advice for troubles and the future? 3: What ritual surrounded seeing the Oracle? 4: What advice did the Oracle give to Okonkwo's father? 5: How are diseased/dying people treated in the tribe? 6: What privileges are given to a man's first wife? 7: What was needed to approach Nwakibie for some yams?
Chapter 4 1: Does hard work deserve success? 2: How did the Ibo judge a person? 3: At one point, Okonkwo says that affection is a sign of weakness. Do you agree? 4: How did Okonkwo break the Week of Peace? 5: What emphasis is placed on the "gods" in the tribe?
Chapter 5 1: Who was the most important god? 2: Describe the New Yam Festival. 3: Why was Okonkwo fond of Ezinma?
Chapter 6 1: What do you think is the significance of the wrestling matches?
Chapter 7 1: What influence did Ikemefuna have on Nwoye? 2: Why did Okonkwo tell the boys war stories? 3: What types of stories were told by the mothers? Are each type important? 4: How do the people receive the locusts? Did this reception surprise you? 5: What did the tribe decide about Ikemefuna? 6: Why did Okonkwo go with to kill Ikemefuna instead of staying home? Why did he help kill the boy? 7: What affect did Ikemefuna's death have on Nwoye?
Chapter 8 1: How did Okonkwo react to Ikemefuna's death? 2: What did he do to make himself forget? 3: What does Obierika tell Okonkwo what he would do if faced with his choice? 4: How did people view the relationship between Okonkwo and Ikemefuna? 5: From where did the people get their laws? 6: What does the proverb 'When mother cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth.'mean? 7: How do the Umuofia view the customs of their clan? 8: What does Obierika's eldest brother say, however? 9: What is euphemism and why do the Umuofia tend to speak euphemistically?
Chapter 9 1: What is the relationship between Ekwefi and Ezinma? 2: What is an ogbanje? How do the Umuofia explain the premature deaths of Ekwefi's children? 3: What was the ritual to prevent the return of the ogbanje? 4: Why was the child Onwumbiko not given a proper burial? 5: What is chi ? 6: What is the function of stories in the text? Look at the story of the snake-lizard.
Chapter 10 1: When did communal ceremonies take place and where? 2: Who could be present? Who had the seats of honor? 3: What is the egwugwu house? How did people communicate with their ancestors? 4: What does this suggest about the role of the ancestors in the community? 5: How does music function in the egwugwu ceremony? 6: What is the origin of the nine villages of the Umuofia clan? 7: What is the Evil Forest? Who represents the nine leaders of the clan? 8: What does this say about the power of belief? 9: Why did they have to meet Uzowillu (husband); Mgbafo (wife) 10: How did the community resolve conflicts?
Chapter 11 1: Who or what is the tortoise? What do you think the purpose of the story is? 2: What is the role of story telling in Ibo culture? 3: Who is Chielo? What does she say Agbala wants?
Chapter 12 1: What was the marriage ritual? 2: Who are the umunna? 3: What is an uri? 4: The marriage ceremony is considered to be a woman's ceremony. Why? 5: What do you think the village would assemble in the shape of a circle?
Chapter 13 1: Who dies in chapter 13? Who was he? 2: Who participated in the death ritual? 3: What is an egwugwu? 4: What does Achebe say about the domain of the living and the domain of the dead? 5: What is the relationship between the domains of the living and the dead in our society? 6: What was the death ritual and what, surprisingly, happened during it? 7: Why did Okonkwo have to go into exile? What kind of "crime" did he commit? 8: What kind of man was Okonkwo's friend Obierika?
Chapter 14 1: How did Okonkwo's kinsmen on his mother's side receive him? 2: Who is Uchendu? 3: What had been Okonkwo's greatest passion? What does it say about his chi? 4: Why is one of the commonest names for children is Nneka?
Chapter 15 1: What happened at the village of Abame? 2: What did the Oracle tell them to do? To what is the white man compared? 3: What was the result of the actions taken by those of Abame?
Chapter 16 1: What happened when the missionaries came to Umuofia? Who were the early converts? 2: Who are the efulefu? 3: Who was among the converts? Why did he convert? 4: How did community of Mbanta react to the missionaries? 5: What kind of gods did the clan worship according to the evangelists? Do you agree?
Chapter 17 1: What is the "evil forest"? What land was given to the missionaries for their church and why? 2: How did Okonkwo react to the news that is eldest son was a convert? What happened as a result? 3: How did Okonkwo's reaction affect his relationship to his son?
Chapter 18 1: What else did the missionaries bring along with religion? 2: What is an osu? 3: Were the effects of the missionaries totally negative? If not, in what way could they be viewed as positive? 4: How did the people of Mbanta choose to deal with the Christians and their converts? 5: What did Okonkwo think they should do?
Chapter 19 1: Why did Okonkwo regret his exile? What does this tell us about his character? 2: What did he name the children born to him in exile? 3: How did Okonkwo show his appreciation to his mother's clan? 4: What else does this episode tell us about his character? 5: What is the role of the yam in the life of the community? 6: Why did the stories in the first book vanish? Is there any change in tone from One to Book Two? 7: Why do the umunna fear for the younger generation? 8: What are the advantages of a people that speak with one voice? What are its disadvantages?
Chapter 20 1: What had Okonkwo lost during his seven years in exile? Why would these things be important to him? 2: How did he plan to regain his previous status? 3: What is the ozo society? 4: How had Umuofia changed in the intervening five years? 5: Aside from religion, what other institutions did the white man bring? 6: What does the white man think of their customs according to Obierika?
Chapter 21 1: Did the other villagers feel as strongly as Okonkwo about the new religion? 2: Who is Mr. Brown and how did he treat the villagers? Write down specific characteristics. 3: For what did Okonkwo mourn and why?
Chapter 22 1: Who is Mr. Smith and how did he differ from Mr. Brown? 2: How does Achebe characterize the whites in the novel? Do they seem to be fully developed characters? 3: "Mr. Smith danced a furious step and the drums went mad." What does this saying mean? 4: What did Enoch, one of the converts, do during the festival of the earth goddess? 5: Which community, the Ibo or the white man, showed more tolerance and why?
Chapter 23 1: Why is Okonkwo happy at the beginning of this chapter? 2: What happened when a delegation of six went to the District Commissioner? 3: How were Okonkwo and his fellow villagers treated? 4: What do the British assume about how Ibo society works?
Chapter 24 1: When Okonkwo returned to his village, what did he do? 2: How does Okonkwo define a coward? 3: What did Okonkwo do when officials from the DC approached the assembly of the villagers? 4: What did Okonkwo discover afterwards? How did the villagers react to his response?
Chapter 25 Why did Okonkwo commit suicide? 1: Why can't Okonkwo's best friend, or any of the other villagers, cut him down and bury him? 2: How does this show the limitations of tradition? 3: What is ironic about the title of the DC's proposed book? What role will Okonkwo's death play in it?