Things Fall Apart: Chapters 5 and 6

What happens before the harvest? the village holds the Feast of the New Yam
Who is the Earth Goddess? Ani
Why doesn’t Okonkwo like feasts? he considers them times of idleness
What do the women do in preparation for the feast? The women thoroughly scrub and decorate their huts, throw away all of their unused yams from the previous year, and use cam wood to paint their skin and that of their children with decorative designs
Why does Okonkwo become angry? he has nothing to do
What does Okonkwo do in a state of anger? he finally comes up with an excuse to beat his second wife, Ekwefi
What does Okonkwo do afterwards? He then decides to go hunting with his gun
Is Okonkwo a good hunter? No
What does Ekwefi do that angers Okonkwo? Ekwefi mutters a snide remark under her breath about “guns that never shot.”
What does Okonkwo do to Ekwefi? he shoots the gun at her but misses
What comes the day after the feast? the annual wrestling contest
Why does Ekwefi enjoy the wrestling so much? Okonkwo won her heart when he defeated the Cat
Explain the story of Ekwefi and Okonkwo. He was too poor to pay her bride-price then, but she later ran away from her husband to be with him
What is the name of Ekwefi’s only child? Ezinma
Hoe does Okonkwo feel about Ezinma? Okonkwo is very fond of Ezinma but rarely demonstrates his affection
Who is already in Okonkwo’s hut when Ezinma comes?What are they doing? Obiageli, the daughter of Okonkwo’s first wife, is already there, waiting for him to finish the meal that she has brought him. Nkechi, the daughter of Okonkwo’s third wife, Ojiugo, then brings a meal to Okonkwo.
Where does the wrestling match take place? on the village ilo, or common green
Who is out on the field? Drummers line the field, and the spectators are so excited that they must be held back.
How does the match start off? with matches between boys ages fifteen and sixteen
Who wins a match? Maduka, the son of Okonkwo’s friend Obierika, wins one match within seconds
Who does Ekwefi speak to? Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and Caves
What is the relationship between the two women? They are good friends
What does Chielo ask Ezinma? Chielo inquires about Ezinma, whom she calls “my daughter.”
What do the women conclude about Ezinma They conclude that Ezinma seems to have “come to stay” because she has reached the age of ten

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