Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Chapter 5 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is Ani’s relationship with the ancestors?

2. Why are new yams offered to Ani and the ancestors at the festival?

3. Describe the New Yam Festival.

4. Does Ekwefi, Okonkwo’s second wife, really kill the banana tree?

5. Nwoye’s mother often calls Ezinma “Ezigbo.” What does this name mean?

6. How does Okonkwo react when he hears the beating of the drums?

7. Why is Obiageli, Nwoye’s sister, crying?

8. Why does Ikemefuna look at the other children sternly when Obiageli tells the adults the story about breaking her pot?

9. Why do Obiageli, Ezinma, and Nkechi serve their father food in this order?

10. Why can’t Ezinma carry her father’s chair to the wrestling match?

Answers
1. Ani is in close communion with the ancestors of the clan.

2. The people give honor and thanks to Ani and the ancestors by offering them new yams at the festival.

3. The New Yam Festival is a big event; the women scrub the walls of their houses and wash all the pots and bowls thoroughly. Wives and children decorate themselves; relatives...

(The entire section is 362 words.)