1. What accomplishments have helped to make Okonkwo a great man of the village?
2. Compare and contrast Okonkwo with his father, Unoka. Why do you think Okonkwo feels as
he does toward his father?
3. Okonkwo is a wealthy man and a noble. What are the signs of his wealth?
4. How do the men of Umofia decide what to do about the murder of a woman from their
clan? What role do the women of Umofia have in the decision?
5. According to Achebe, what emotion dominates Okonkwo’s life? What is the source of this
6. Achebe tells us, “Among the Ibo . . . proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
This statement itself is a proverb. How do you interpret it?