TFA Proverbs

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Chapter 1

Question Answer
"Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water."he was fast, agile, and clever
"Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten."proverbs make conversation more interesting like palm oil makes food tastier; proverbs also make bad news "easier to swallow"
"Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them."s
"If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings."By removing the dirt of the ancestors' past you can have a chance of a different future; each one builds his own fame.

Chapter 2

Question Answer
"When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for walk."when the moon is out, the night is so beautiful and inspiring that even someone who cannot walk longs to go outside

Chapter 3

Question Answer
"Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too. If one says no to other, let his wing break."let everyone, both the weak and the powerful, be equal here. if someone acts superior, let bad luck befall them.
"A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness."A respectful man is more likely to be great himself. A successful man should respect greatness.
"A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing"That something strange does not happen for nothing; all happens for a reason.
"An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb."Someone who has a problem with something (Okonkwo with his father) can not laugh when a joke is made about it.
"The lizard that jumped from high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did."Okonkwo feels proud of his achievements even if nobody recognizes it.
"Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching."People adapt to other people's learnings, particularly when the other person's learnings would harm you if you kept on your present course. (If Nwakibie gave yams to every man who asked, many of the yams would be wasted by their lack of effort.)
"You can tell a ripe corn by its look"you can tell when a person is mature and responsible (Nwakibie can tell that Okonkwo is ready to receive his gift and not take it for granted.)
"A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone."misery loves company; if everyone fails at something, you won't feel as bad as you would if you were the only one to fail

Chapter 4

Question Answer
"Looking at the king's mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother breasts"you wouldn't think that a great person, such as Okonkwo or a king, had once been vulnerable and weak like a baby
"Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble."People who are blessed with luck by the gods, should be humble, and not criticize other people.
"When a man says yes his chi says yes also."It doesn't matter what your luck is; if you work hard and are determined to get something, your luck will change
"They called him the little bird nza who so far forgot himself after a heavy meal that he challenged his chi."Okonkwo was said to be so prideful he would challenge his own chi, or luck.

Chapter 8

Question Answer
"A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm"Parents take care of their children; children obeying their mother are not punished.
"When mother-cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth."Children learn from their parents.