September 16th, 2014 Please get out your Vocab. Sentences and copy of “Things Fall Apart” Chapters 1-3 Why does Okonkwo hate his father? What does Okonkwo value? What did Unoka value? What do the Ibo/the villagers of Umuofia value? • Make a timeline that includes these events • • • • – Death of Unoka, Okonkwo’s throwing of The Cat, Conflict with Mbaino, and Nwakibie’s support Questions Chapter 4-6 What does Okonkwo do wrong in Chapter Four? How does he feel about his actions? What does his clan think he feels about his actions? What kind of conflict(s) is Okonkwo experiencing in chapter four? What is the role of woman in the clan? What does Chielo do? How does this contradict the perceived role of women from Chapter Five? Storyboard • Create a storyboard for the sequence of events leading up to Ikemefuna’s death – Illustrate how you would visualize these events were you to make a film of them – On the back of your storyboard/on a separate piece of paper, write a complete paragraph describing what the conflict Okonkwo experiences in this chapter is, and how your visuals would emphasize Okonkwo’s conflict and the importance of his actions. Storyboard Example Questions Chapter 8 & 9 • How does Okonkwo feel about women? • Find three quotations that support your answer from these chapters. • What power do women have in Ibo culture? • Is the treatment of women consistent in Ibo culture? • What traits make Enzima Okonkwo’s favorite daughter? • How does Okonkwo feel about Nwoye? Why? D.Q.’s Chapters 10 & 11 1. Describe the ceremony in chapter 10. A. Who is it being called for? B. Who can participate? C. What function does it serve? Is it simple? 2. What did you expect Okonkwo to do when he arrived outside the caves in Chapter 11? Are his actions what you expected? 3. How does Okonkwo’s relationship with Ezinma and Ekwefi develop his character in a new direction? D.Q.’s End of Part I • What is ironic about Okonkwo’s crime and his banishment to Mbanta? (Source: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Study Guide) • Why would Achebe specifically include the story of the tortoise in this narrative? How does it relate to Okonkwo? – What gender is the story “for?” Do the traits it warns against apply to the Ibo perception of that gender? D.Q.’s for Chapter 14-17 1. Something about his native culture troubles Nwoye deeply, and the Christian Church comforts him. What is bothering him? 2. What is Okonkwo thinking about when he thinks “Living fire begets cold impotent ash?” 3. Why do the missionaries wipe out the village of Abame? a. What does this say about them? 4. How would you describe the culture of the Igbo people? Write a paragraph explaining their religious, societal, and familial structures that make up their culture. DQ’s for Chapters 20-24 • How does Okonkwo know Umuofia won’t go to war? What does this indicate about the state of the village? • Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith • How does Okonkwo earn our sympathy? In what ways does he not? • “The white man came quiet and peaceably with his religion…we have fallen apart” (pg. 152). Restate what Obierika is saying in this quote in your own words.
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