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Hooks High School English III 8th period
Welcome to Edwards Extraordinary Elements of English III, 8th period.......

Tuesday, May 1
Today, we will return to the reading of Things Fall Apart, part 2.

We will also have a visit from Coach Fountain regarding scheduling for next year.

We will review poetry.

HW: Work on vocabulary, discussion and study questions.

Thursday, May 3
Today,  we will continue with your reading of Part 2 of Things Fall Apart. Be certain that you have your packet with you so that you can work on the items at hand.

HW: continue working on TFA and QUIZ over Part 2

Monday, May 7
Quiz over Part 2 of TFA.

**********Project Preferences***************
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
English III---Project preferences

In this unit of study, we will be looking at the literary concepts of theme,  folk tales, conflict and irony. We will also become more aware of the issues of women’s rights, power, colonization, values and standards, and tolerance for others.

You will be asked to choose activities that will allow you to succeed in whatever manner you wish. It is my hope that you will not only enjoy the novel, but also learn about and examine your own beliefs, values and standards.

It is also my hope that you truly may come to change some of your actions as a result of this in-depth study of human beings.

Mrs. Ed

All assignments must meet an acceptable level of completion.

**To receive an A for this unit of study, you will complete the following at the assigned times:
Vocabulary study/sentence construction
Evaluation of the poem The Second Coming, by Yeats, and the short story Shooting An Elephant, by George Orwell (how are the three connected…novel, ss, poem)
All study questions
All discussion questions
Evaluation of each literary concept
Evaluation of each issue
A personal response after each reading
A reflection paper

**To receive a B for this unit of study, you will complete the following at the assigned times:
Vocabulary study/sentence construction
All study questions
All discussion questions
A personal response after each reading
Evaluation of either the poem or short story and its connection to the novel
Evaluation of two literary concepts
Evaluation of two issues
Final reflection paper

**To receive a C for this unit of study, you will complete the following at the assigned times:
Vocabulary study/sentence construction
All study questions
A personal response after each reading
Evaluation of one literary concept
Evaluation of one issue
Final reflection paper

Definitions for each activity:

Vocabulary study/sentence construction:  There are vocabulary words and their definitions listed for each reading. You will use these words properly in a sentence you construct with correct usage, punctuation, and grammar.

Study questions:  You will correctly answer the study questions provided for each chapter.

Discussion questions: You will come prepared with a short one or two response to each discussion question to help springboard us in our discussions.

Personal Responses: After each reading, you should respond in a one-page writing. When you respond, you only need to say how you felt about certain aspects of what you have read: were you shocked at something? Were you sympathetic with someone’s situation? Were you angry with someone? How did you feel about certain characters? (these are only examples…you may respond to anything in the novel readings that you wish..)

Evaluation of  literary concept(s): You will evaluate the concept(s) in the form of a paper through reflection of the novel – what quotes are associated with this concept? What is the theme connected with this quote? How is the quote ironic? How is this a folk tale (you might wish to define ‘folk tale’)? What is the conflict? Who is involved in the conflict?

Evaluation of issue(s): You will evaluate the issue(s) in the form of a paper through reflection of the novel - what quotes were connected with the issue? How is the issue viewed by the author, do you think? How is it relevant to our lives?

Evaluation of the three genres of literature--how are they connected? You will write a two-three page paper citing connections between the three genres. How are they connected….theme???issues???conflicts????are there certain quotes from each one that can be compared?

Final Reflection Paper: In this paper, you will respond in a one page paper to the total novel in any way that you choose. Alternative: If you are artistic, you may respond in a ‘cartoon’ or a ‘depiction’ of three major scenes in the novel. You must explain why you chose the subject of the cartoon or the three scenes (hence, their importance to you…).

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Study and Discussion Questions (DQ) by Chapter

Chapter 1
1. Describe Okonkwo’s position in the clan and his personality.

2.  Describe Okonkwo’s father.

DQ:  In what way was Okonkwo influenced by his father?

Chapter 2

3. What does Okonkwo think when he hears the gong?

4. Summarize the conflict with Mbaino and explain how it is resolved.

5. Describe how Okonkwo runs his household and explain his reasons for acting in this way.

6. Why do you think Okonkwo’s oldest son is becoming “a sad-faced youth”?

DQ:  What is it about Okonkwo’s past that makes his relationship with his son so difficult?

Chapter 3.

7. Identify Agbala.

8. Why did Unoka consult Agbala? What was the result?

9. How does Okonkwo earn his first seed-yams?

10. What does Okonkwo learn about himself after his crop fails?

DQ: What attributes (good traits) does Okonkwo exhibit at this point in his life?

Chapter 4
11. What does Okonkwo’s criticism of Osugo show about his character?

12. How does the captive Ikemefuna fit into Okonkwo’s household?

13. Why must Okonkwo pay a fine?

14. Why do Okonkwo’s enemies criticize him? Is their criticism justified?
DQ:  What seems to be Okonkwo’s greatest flaw?
Chapter 5
15. Explain the importance of the Feast of the New Yam.

16. How do you think the narrator feels about Okonkwo’s violence toward his second wife? Explain.

DQ:  How do you feel about Okonkwo’s violence toward his second wife? Why do you feel this way?

Chapter 6
17. Describe the wrestling matches.

18. What do you think Okonkwo’s second wife means when she says that her daughter “will stay”?

DQ:  Why are the wrestling matches so important? Do we have anything in our culture that is comparable?

Chapter 7
19. Describe Ikemefuna’s position in the family after three years in Okonkwo’s household.

20. How does Nwoye react to the stories told by his father and his mother?

21. Describe the importance of the locusts.

22. What warning does Ogbuefi Ezeudu give Okonkwo about Ikemefuna? Why does Okonkwo ignore the warning?

DQ:  What does Nwoye’s differing reactions to the stories say about who he is? Is this good or bad?

Chapter 8
23. How does Okonkwo react to Ikemefuna’s death?

24. How does Obierika feel about Okonkwo’s part in Ikemefuna’s death?

25. Why does Okonkwo doubt Ogfuefi Ndulue’s strength? Do you feel his opinion of the elder is justified?

26. Describe the negotiation for the bride-price.

DQ:  What was it about Okonkwo’s character that cause him to act the way he did regarding Ikemefuna?

Chapter 9
27. Why is Ezinma so special to Ekwefi?

28. Explain why the villagers believe that a stone is important to Ezinma’s health.

29. Describe Okonkwo’s reaction to Ezinma’s illness.

DQ:  What does Okonkwo’s reaction to Ezinma’s illness say about him, his character?

Chapter 10
30. Who are the eqwugwu? How do they represent the village’s history?

31. How do the egwugwu settle the wife-beating case?

DQ: What does being a part of the egwugwu say about status in the community?

Chapter 11
32. Why do you think that Achebe includes the story of the Tortoise?

33. Why do you think the priestess Chielo takes Ezinma to Agbala’s cave?

34. How is Ezinma restored to her family?

DQ:  What is the meaning of the story of the Tortoise?

Chapter 12
35. How has Okonkwo tried to protect Ezinma? What does this say about his character?

36. Identify and describe the uri.

37. Explain the importance of the palm wine which the groom’s relatives bring to the wedding of Obierika’s daughter.

DQ: Of what importance is the uri? Is there something in our culture that can be compared to this? How?

Chapter 13
38. Why are the villagers nervous when they hear the message of the ekwe?

39. How does the memory of Ezeudu suggest that trouble is coming for Okonkwo?

40. Why must Okonkwo leave his clan?

DQ:  What does the leaving of his clan do mentally to Okonkwo?

Chapter 14
41. How is Okonkwo received in his mother’s village of Mbanta?

42. How does Okonkwo react to his exile?

43. How does Uchendu encourage Okonkwo to combat despair?

DQ:  Is Okonkwo able to combat despair?

Chapter 15
44. What news does Obierika bring about Abame?

45. What lesson does Uchendu find in the story of the Mother Kite?

46. What does Uchendu mean when he says, “There is no story that is not true”?

47. What is happening to Okonkwo’s farm in Iguedo?

DQ: How does Okonkwo react to all of the news from his homeland?

Chapter 16
48. What news does Obierika bring on his next visit to Okonkwo?

49. Describe the arrival of the missionaries in Mbanta and the concerns they raise in the village.

50. How does Okonkwo react to the missionaries?

51. Why is Nwoye attracted to the missionaries?

DQ:  Why do you think Okonkwo reacts to the missionaries in the manner in which he does?

Chapter 17
52. Why do the elders of Mbanta give the missionaries land in the Evil forest?

53. What happens after the church is built in the Evil Forest?

54. What is significant about the conversion of Nneka?

55. How does Okonkwo react to Nwoye’s conversion?

DQ:  What does Okonkwo see happening to his land, culture, friends? What does Okonkwo see as the reason for this happening?

Chapter 18
56. What is the status of the relationship between Mbanta and the church at the beginning of this chapter?

57. How does the church handle the issue of the outcasts?

58. Describe the logic behind the action taken by the clan over the killing of the sacred python.

DQ: Do you think that the python would have been killed at the beginning of this story?

Chapter 19
59. Summarize Okonkwo’s regrets during his time in exile?

60. Trace Okonkwo’s preparations for his return to Umuofia.

61. Why does Okonkwo’s old kinsman feel the Christians have come to Mbanta?

DQ: What is Okonkwo’s state of mind in returning to Umuofia? Does this have anything to do with his actions?

Chapter 20
62. How does Okonkwo feel about his social position?

63. Describe Okonkwo’s plans to rebuild his prestige when he returns to Umuofia.

64. What changes does Okonkwo find in Umuofia?

65. How does Okonkwo respond to the changes in his fatherland?

DQ: Is there a foreshadowing of what might happen to Okonkwo? What is it? How does it?

Chapter 21
66. What are some of the positive effects of the new government?

67. Compare Okonkwo’s actual return with the homecoming he planned.

DQ: How does Okonkwo’s actual return affect to him mentally?

Chapter 22
68. Contrast Mr. Smith and Mr. Brown.

69. What motivates Enoch to commit an offense against Ibo religious customs?
70. How do the egwugwu respond to the crime?
DQ:  Of what importance is the difference between Mr. Smith and Mr. Brown?
Chapter 23
71. Account for Okonkwo’s high spirits at the beginning of the chapter.

72. How does the District Commissioner trick the leaders of Umuofia?

73. Summarize the District Commissioner’s decision.

DQ: Why do you think Achebe, the author, created the Commissioner’s character the way he did?

Chapter 24
74. Why does no one in the village welcome the leaders when they return? How is Okonkwo’s mood different from the others’?

75. What does Okonkwo see as the greatest threat to Umuofia? How does he plan to respond to that threat?

76. What unprecedented action does Okika propose?

77. What happens when the court messengers arrive?

DQ:  What is going on in Okonkwo’s mind at this time? What is his flaw at this time?

Chapter 25
78. Why do you think Okonkwo kills himself?

79. Explain Obierika’s request to the District Commissioner.

80. Contrast the way Obierika and the district Commissioner react to Okonkwo’s death.

DQ: Why do you think the novel ends with the District Commissioner’s thoughts about his book?
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