Does the white man understand our custom about land

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“Does the white man understand our custom about land?” “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. _The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” (Pg. 176)
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Things Fall Apart Test Answer Key 1. E 6. B 11. E 16. A 2. A 7. B 12. B 17. C 3. C 8. E 13. A 18. A 4. D 9. B 14. B 19. B 5. B 10. C 15. D 20. A
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Things Fall Apart Questions for Discussion and Essay 1. Define oral tradition. What is the difference between a fable, a myth, and a legend? 2. Comment on the general truth being taught by the following proverb. How does Okonkwo illustrate the value of this proverb in his life? “As our people say, a man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.” (Pg. 19) 3. How does Obierika feel about “female crimes” and twins? 4. Compare Okonkwo’s life to his father’s. Which one do you think lives a happier life in the following areas: wealth, respect of his neighbors, happiness, and position with his ancestors? 5. In what sense does the Ibo culture show its approval or disapproval of spousal abuse? 6. Why do the people of the Abame village kill the white man on the bicycle? 7. What is the significance of the beating drums in the first two sections? Why do you think there is no mention of drums in the third part of the book? 8. In what ways do Ibo women have the right to decide who they are going to marry? 9. Define tragic flaw. What is Okonkwo’s tragic flaw? Does the Ibo society also have a tragic flaw? 10. List three examples of Okonkwo’s cruel personality and relate how he justifies his behavior in each case. 11. Who are the egwugwu and what function do they fill in Ibo society? 12. Support or refute this statement: The system of justice provided by the white man is much worse than the system of justice already available to the Ibo people. 13. Define each of the following religious terms: oracle, agbala, Chukwu, and chi. 14. How does Ikemefuna’s death impact Nwoye’s relationship with his father? Had Ikemefuna lived, do you think Nyoye would have joined the white church? 15. Why does Okonkwo wish his daughter, Ezinma, had been born a boy?
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16. What is the importance of the kola nut, chalk, and palm wine in Ibo society? 17. How does Okonkwo violate the rules of the Week of Peace? What is his punishment? 18. Why do the women look forward to the New Yam Festival? 19. Discuss the significance of the title of the novel to Okonkwo’s life and the Ibo society as a whole. 20. Define the term eurocentric and point out why this novel is considered non-Eurocentric.
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