Chapters 8-10 Studyguide-Things Fall Apart

What did Okonkwo do whenever he thought of his father’s weakness and failure? Thought of his own strength and success
What did Okonkwo tell himself about his part in Ikemefuna’s death? Says he’s becoming a woman,he’s too soft,he killed 5 other men and shouldn’t feel bad
What did Obierika tell Okonkwo about his part in Ikemefuna’s death? Action does not please the Earth,goddess would wipe out the family
Describe the meeting to determine Obierika’s daughter’s bride price. Obierika(father),Ibe(suitor), Ukegbu(Ibe’s father),Obierika’s brothers,Okonkwo.Bride price-20 bags of cowries
The men began discussing rumors about white men.Who did the men think the white men were? “The white men”:lepers
Describe the relationship between Ekwefi and Ezinma. Companionship of equals,not mother/daughter-like
Describe Ekwefi’s difficulties in getting pregnant. Gave birth to 10 children,9 died,eventually gave them names like “may it not happen again”…
What did the medicine man tell Okonkwo after the death of Ekwefi’s second child? Ogbanje-dead child who re-entered mother’s womb to be born again.Ekwefi,when pregnant,should stay with her people
Describe the burial of Ekwefi’s third child,and the reason for it. No mourning,funeral.He mutilated the child,buried it in the Evil Forest.Obanje would not come back
Explain the significance of Ezinma’s iyi-uwa. Stone that formed link between Obanje and spirit would if discovered,child would not die.When found,ended Ezinma’s troubles
How did Okonkwo cure Ezinma’s iba illness? He made a potion,put her over the steam
What was the purpose of the ceremony described in Chapter 10? Woman’s birth family has dispute with her husband,he was mistreating his wife.Only decision he would accept was one with symbolic meeting with clan spirits.

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