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Note to Teacher: Assign the following parts to members of your class: Okonkwo, the District Commissioner, four messengers, the prosecuting attorney, Okonkwo’s attorney, Obierika, Okika, and Onyeka. Remaining classmates can serve as jurors, Ibo tribesmen, or Christian converts. Instruct the attorneys to devise a list of questions for Okonkwo and the witnesses they will call in defense or prosecution. We recommend that you take the responsibility of the judge‚ but you could certainly assign that role to a student. Instruct the students that they may not alter the plot or create additional plot, but they must adhere to the details in the text. They may however infer from dialogue, narration, or action and make judgments based on those inferences.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 20-25 Mock Trial Objective: Creating a mock trial based on plot and narration Activity “Okonkwo was sitting at the edge. He sprang to his feet as soon as he saw who it was. He confronted the head messenger, trembling with hate, unable to utter a word. The man was fearless and stood his ground, his four men lined up behind him.… In a flash Okonkwo drew his machete. The messenger crouched to avoid the blow. It was useless. Okonkwo’s machete descended twice and the man’s head lay beside his uniformed body.” (Pg. 204) After this act of vengeance, Okonkwo commits suicide‚ and the novel ends. However, imagine instead that Okonkwo is immediately arrested by the District Commissioner and the remaining court messengers. His trial has been scheduled. Create a mock trial for Okonkwo‚ who has been charged with first-degree murder. All participants must review the action and narrative in the preceding chapters as evidence for their presentations. S - 139 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 140 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Chapters 20-25 Review Objective: Increasing comprehension and retention through discussion questions Activity 1. Why does Achebe choose to present the European presence only in the last part of the novel? The Europeans, or Christian missionaries, are briefly alluded to but never discussed in depth until Part Three of the novel. Achebe’s presentation of the Okonkwo and the Ibo tribesmen encourages the reader to empathize and identify with them. He uses the Ibo customs and traditions to identify them as a functioning culture able to survive within their own heritage and by their own government. We see this society‚ with its strengths and weaknesses‚ and can accept the reality of its existence. By the time the European colonizers are introduced, the reader almost feels a part of the Ibo and‚ therefore‚ feels violated also. 2. Explain the irony in the title of the District Commissioner’s Book: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.
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