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Chapters 1-3; There is a lot in the first 3 chapters that deals with the culture and community of Okonkwo’s people. For this journal entry describe several aspects of community and culture that you saw. Analyze and interpret the purpose and overall effect. Use textual evidence. 1 ½ pg. Min.

Chapters 4-6 show a lot of the Ibo religion. For this journal entry identify specific aspects of the Ibo religion and comment on its fundamental beliefs. Use textual evidence. 1 ½ pg. Min.

Chapters 7-8 have some very significant events. Reflect on some of the significant events and analyze their effect on Okonkwo and the community. Use textual evidence. 1 ½ pg. Min.

Chapters 9-11; Chapter 11focuses on Ibo folklore. Summarize the story of the tortoise and the birds and explain what it suggests about customs and traditions. How might this story relate to Okonkwo? How might this story relate to colonialism? 2 pg. Min.

Chapters 12-13 – Feminist Theory

Chapters 14-16 chronicle Okonkwo’s exile to his “motherland” and the introduction of the “white man”. These significant changes have a profound effect not only on Okonkwo, but the community as a whole. Comment on these changes and analyze their significance. Also, predict what things might occur as these changes take root. Use textual evidence. 2 pg. Min.

Chapters 17-19 chronicle the last years of Okonkwo’s exile and his eventual return home. Identify three key events and explain their importance. Use textual evidence. 1 ½ pg. Min.

Chapters 20-23 – At this point in the book things are starting to “Fall Apart”. Comment on how the title is appropriate, what events have occurred, and predict what will happen. 1 ½ pg. Min.

Chapters 24-25 – As the novel ends, Okonkwo finishes his role as the Tragic Hero. Look at the steps 9-12 and discuss how we see or don’t see Okonkwo go through these steps. Make sure to use specific examples from the text. 1 ½ pg. Min.

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