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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

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How to Cite This SparkNote

Achebe, Chinua. Conversations with Chinua Achebe, ed. Bernth Lindfors. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997.

———. Home and Exile. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Ezenwa-Ohaeto. Chinua Achebe: A Biography. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Gikandi, Simon. Reading Chinua Achebe: Language & Ideology in Fiction. Nairobi, Kenya: Heinemann Kenya, 1991.

Iyasere, Solomon O., ed. Understanding Things Fall Apart: Selected Essays and Criticism. Troy, NY: Whitson Publishing, 1998.

Killam, G. D. The Writings of Chinua Achebe. London: Heinemann Educational, 1977.

Okoye, Emmanuel Meziemadu. The Traditional Religion and its Encounter with Christianity in Achebe’s Novels. New York: Peter Lang, 1987.

Okpewho, Isidore. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: A Casebook. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Wren, Robert M. Achebe’s World: The Historical and Cultural Context of the Novels of Chinua Achebe. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1980.

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by adamracz95, March 03, 2013

What is the name of Okonkwo’s motherland?
(C) Mbanta

2. What holy animal does Okonkwo’s clan suspect the Christians have killed and eaten?
(B) A python

3. What is the name of the first missionary who comes to Umuofia?
(A) Mr. Brown

4. How many villages does Umuofia comprise?
(C) Nine

5. Whom did Okonkwo beat in his legendary wrestling match?
(D) Amalinze the Cat

6. In what country does Things Fall Apart take place?
(B) Nigeria

7. What do the inhabitants of Mban... Read more


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Culture of the Igbo society in the light of the novel Things Fall Apart.

by touhidsm, May 06, 2014

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Answer: Things Fall Apart is a novel written in English by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. The novel depicts the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umuofia - one of a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria inhabited by the Igbo people. It focuses on his family and personal history, the customs and society of the Igbo and the influence of British colonialism and Christian m... Read more


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by audicolen, May 19, 2015

Question 1.1.
In Things Fall Apart, Part Three, how is Reverend Smith different from Mr. Brown?

(Points : 2)

Mr. Brown believed in compromise and accommodation while Reverend Smith believes he must wipe out what he views as the ignorance.

Mr. Brown made many enemies while in Umuofia while Reverend Smith tries to make friends.

Mr. Brown’s primary goal was to build the church while Reverend Smith’s goal is to build schools.

Mr. Brown encouraged fighting while Reverend Smith encourages prayer.

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