Things Fall Apart Chapters 1-5 Quizlet
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Who is Okonkwo?
Okonkwo is the flawed protagonist; thrower of Amalinze the cat, successful yam farmer from humble origins.
What was the Cat's name?
What was Amalinze the Cat known for?
He was an agile wrestler whose back never touched the ground, until thrown by Okonkwo.
Who is Unoka?
Okonkwo's father, a debtor and prone to laziness.
What is the unit of money that the people use?
What instrument does Unoka play?
What do little children do when they see kites?
Sing a song of welcome.
Who is Okoye?
The neighbor who attempts to collect from Unoka the money due him.
What is the significance of kola nut?
It is often broken and shared to welcome guests.
What verbal device are the Ibo people fond of?
What is the name of the ethnic group to which the tribes belong?
What village does Okonkwo belong to?
What village does Umuofia conflict with over a killing?
What is the key crop to the Ibo?
What are Unoka's opinions on war?
He is a coward, and not fond of it.
What symbolizes social prestige among the Ibo people?
Titles, achieved by men.
How much money does Unoka owe Okoye? Why doesn't he pay it?
Two hundred cowries. He owes a debt of a thousand cowries to another man.
How many villages are there in Umuofia?
What is done with the virgin from the other village?
He is given as a wife to the husband of the deceased woman.
What is the name of the boy from the other village?
Why must children be quiet at night?
For fear of evil spirits.
What kind of evening do the Ibo people go out on?
What is a snake called at night?
How does Okonkwo drink his wine on feasting occasions?
Using his first human head as a cup.
What was the name of the powerful orator who spoke to the Umuofians about the conflict with the other village?
What is the name of the man who lost his wife to the Mbaino?
What choice do the Mbaino face?
War, or the offer of a young man and virgin as compensation for their wrong.
Who is the strength behind Umuofia's power in war?
An old woman with one leg
Who may veto an act of war among the Umuofians?
the Oracles of the Hills and the Caves
Why would the Umuofians not go to war if the Oracle was against it?
They feared their magic would not work.
Who does Umuofia send as emissary to Mbaino?
How long does Ikemefuna live with Okonkwo?
What aspect of Okonkwo did his family fear?
What fear dominates Okonkwo's life?
The fear of failure and weakness, and being like his father.
What did Okonkwo's playmate call his father, and why?
agbala, meaning woman, because Okonkwo's father had no title.
Who is Nwoye?
Okonkwo's first son, by his first wife.
What aspect of Nwoye does Okonkwo seek to correct?
How many wives does Okonkwo have?
What are the Ibo structures made of?
What religious structure is present in Okonkwo's residence?
a "medicine house", or shrine, housing wooden symbols of his god and ancestral spirits
How do the Ibo pay tribute to their gods?
Through sacrifice of food and animals.
How many children does Okonkwo have?
Who is put in charge of Ikemefuna?
Okonkwo's first wife
How is Okonkwo's first wife generally referred to?
Why was Ikemefuna chosen as the male tribute to Umuofia?
His father had taken a hand in the killing of the woman.
What is the Oracle's name?
Is the Oracle a person, or more of a deity?
More of a deity
What was the name of Agbala's priestess in the time of Unoka?
What did Unoka do to try and have a bountiful harvest?
Sacrifice a cock to Ani, god of the Earth.
Who is Ani?
Goddess of the Earth and fertility; a powerful god.
Why does the priestess say Unoka's harvest is unsuccessful?
He is a lazy farmer, using old fields instead of plowing new ones.
What is a chi?
A personal god, strongly related to a person's personality and fortune.
How did Unoka die?
From "the swelling."
Because of the nature of Unoka's death, what happened to him?
It was cast into the Evil Forest, as burying a man dead of the swelling would insult the earth goddess.
What did Unoka take with him when he was set out to die?
What was the name of the man whom Okonkwo sharecropped with?
What does Okonkwo take with him when he goes to visit Nwakibie?
A pot of palm-wine and a cock.
Where was Nwakibie's drinking horn?
Fastened to the rafters
Who pours wine for the gathering?
Nwakibie's youngest son.
Who must taste the wine first?
Okonkwo. This is perhaps a tradition for fear of poison.
Why could Nwakibie's secondary wives not immediately drink?
His first wife had to drink first.
What is the name of Nwakibie's first wife?
What piece of jewelry does Anasi wear, which only first wives may wear?
An anklet of her husband's titles.
What do the men gossip about in Nwakibie's house?
A palm wine tapper who suddenly gave up his trade.
Why is Okonkwo uneasy when Nwakibie's sons joke of a dead man who had little possessions?
His father was much the same, which Okonkwo does not enjoy thinking about.
Why does the eldest son of Nwakibie drink the dregs of the palm wine?
He had just married a month or two before.
What was the name of the palm wine tapper?
How many yams does Nwakibi give Okonkwo?
Why was Okonkwo's share-cropping venture unsuccessful?
The weather patterns were different from the norm, disrupting the planting. First drought, then torrential rains.
When do good farmers sow their yams?
With the first rains.
What was built up around buried yams to protect them?
Rings of sisal leaves.
How did one man react to the bad harvest?
He hung himself.
What was the most trying experience of Okonkwo's life?
The bad growing season.
How does Ikemefuna react to his new situation?
He is afraid, and misses his home.
How does Nwoye's mother treat Ikemefuna?
Like one of her own children.
How long was Ikemefuna ill?
Three market weeks.
Why does Nwoye like Ikemefuna?
Ikemefuna seems to know everything.
Inwardly, what does Okonkwo think of Ikemefuna?
He is fond of him.
What does Okonkwo allow Ikemefuna to do, symbolizing his closeness to him?
Accompany him to meetings and feasts.
What is the name of the priest of the Earth goddess?
What is the name of Okonkwo's youngest wife?
Why does Okonkwo beat Ojiugo?
She does not return early eanough to cook the afternoon meal.
Why is it bad that Okonwo beat Ojiugo?
It was the week of peace.
What must Okonkwo pay in compensation for his crime?
A she-goat, a hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries.
Why do the people think Okonkwo has no respect for the gods?
He is too proud to apologize for what he did.
What had happened to a previous breaker of the peace?
He was dragged about the village to death.
What is another thing that is bad to do during the week of peace, in some villages?
What do people do after the week of peace?
Begin to clear their farms.
Why is Okonkwo harsh with his sons?
To turn them into great men.
What happens when the rains recede?
Children begin to run about, singing.
What celebration succeeds the yam harvest?
The Feast of the New Yam
Why is Okonkwo not as enthusiastic about feasts as most?
He would rather work.
What does a restless Okonkwo find as an outlet for his anger?
He finds a clipped banana tree, and searches angrily for whoever "killed" it.
Who does Okonkwo beat over the banana tree?
His second wife
What does Okonkwo do when his second wife murmur something about Okonkwo's lack of prowess with a gun?
He fires the weapon in her direction, scaring her.
Who does Okonkwo invite to his feast?
His wives' relations.
What accompanies the Feast of the New Yam?
What is the name of Okonkwo's second wife?
How did Ekwefi fall in love with Okonkwo?
She saw him wrestle the cat.
What is the name of Ekwefi's daughter?
What talent of Ekwefi's amazes Ezinma?
Her ability to lift a pot from fire with her bare hands.
Why do people answer "Is that me?" when they hear their name called?
For fear that an evil spirit is calling.
What does Nwoye's mother need from Ekwefi?
Live coals for fire.
What does Nwoye's mother call Ezinma?
Ezigbo, or "the good one".
What eats the peelings while Ekwefi peels yams?
Who is Obiageli?
Why is Obiageli crying?
She broke her water pot.
What does Obiageli actually do when she breaks her water pot?
Laugh; she had been swaying her hips like a woman when she broke the pot. She starts crying only when she reaches earshot of the housing compound.
Why do Nwoye's younger brothers not tell on Obiageli?
Ikemefuna looks at them sternly.
What sound represents the wrestling match?
Drums, which start at noon, while wrestling is in the evening.
What daughter is Okonkwo especially fond of?