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Chapter 7 Questions and Answers

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1. Why is Ikemefuna compared to a yam tendril in the rainy season?

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2. What are some of the difficult masculine tasks Nwoye enjoys doing?

3. Why would Nwoye pretend to be annoyed and grumble about women?

4. How does Okonkwo feel when he hears Nwoye grumbling about women?

5. Even though Nwoye knows it is right to be masculine, he still prefers the stories that his mother tells. Why?

6. Explain the story of the bird eneke-nti-oba.

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7. Why are the people of Umuofia so excited about the locusts?

8. Describe some of the chores the men and women do after the harvest.

9. What does Ikemefuna remember when the men speak in low tones?

10. Why do the women walk quickly when they hear abandoned infants crying in the forest?

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1. Ikemefuna is like a yam tendril in the rainy season because he is full of the sap of new life.

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2. Some of the difficult masculine tasks Nwoye enjoys doing around the homestead include splitting wood and pounding food.

3. Nwoye grumbles about women in order to appear more masculine.

4. Okonkwo is happy when he hears Nwoye grumbling about women.

5. Nwoye prefers his mother’s stories because Okonkwo’s masculine stories are about violence and bloodshed. Nwoye is a sensitive youth.

6. The bird eneke-nti-oba challenged the whole world to a
wrestling contest and was thrown by the Cat.

7. The locusts descend once in a generation and reappear every year for seven years. Then they disappear for another lifetime. Everyone wants the locusts to camp in Umuofia for the night because they are good to eat.

8. After the harvest, Okonkwo, Nwoye, and Ikemefuna repair the walls of the compound while the women collect firewood.

9. When Ikemefuna hears the men speaking in low tones, he remembers leaving his first home as a hostage.

10. The women walk quickly when they hear abandoned infants crying in the forest because, like Nwoye, they are disconcerted by this Igbo custom.

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