IB English HL 2

Things Fall Apart Guiding Questions 8-10


Chapters 8-10

1. What did Okonkwo wish for to help him not think about Ikemefuna?


2. What did Okonkwo call himself in reference to feeling bad about his part in Ikemefuna’s death?


3. What did Obierika tell Okonkwo about his part in Ikemefuna’s death?


3.5  How does Okonkwo make himself feel better when he thinks about his father’s weakness? 


4. Describe the meeting to determine Obierika’s daughter’s bride price.


4.5 What law is discussed regarding tapping palm trees?  How is this significant?


5. The men began discussing rumors about white men. Who did the men think the white

men were?


5.5 At the end of chapter 8, what customs are being discussed by the men?


6. Describe the relationship between Ekwefi and Ezinma.


6.5  What happens with eggs?


7. Describe Ekwefi’s difficulties in getting pregnant.


7.5  What is an ogbanje?


8. What did the medicine man tell Okonkwo after the death of Ekwefi’s second child?


9. Describe the burial of Ekwefi’s third child, and the reason for it.


10. Explain the significance of Ezinma’s iyi-uwa.


11. How did Okonkwo cure Ezinma’s iba illness?


12. What was the purpose of the ceremony described in Chapter 10?


13.  What is Okonkwo’s role in the ceremony?


14.  At the end of Chapter 10, what complaint does the elder have?  Why would I ask you this?


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