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Things Fall Apart. Harmattan. A dusty wind that blows along the western coast of Africa in certain seasons. Cowries. Shells used in some African societies as money. Kola Nut. The large meaty nut of the kola tree, with several pieces in one shell. Oracle.

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harmattan
Harmattan
  • A dusty wind that blows along the western coast of Africa in certain seasons
cowries
Cowries
  • Shells used in some African societies as money
kola nut
Kola Nut
  • The large meaty nut of the kola tree, with several pieces in one shell
oracle
Oracle
  • A god who can foretell the future, usually through a human priest or priestess
sisal
Sisal
  • A type of vine with fibers that are often used for making ropes
calabashes
Calabashes
  • Gourds used as containers
pottage
Pottage
  • A kind of stew
plantains
Plantains
  • Starchy fruit, similar to a banana, that must be cooked before it is eaten
raffia
Raffia
  • A fiber from a palm tree, used like a string
slide11
Kite
  • A bird of prey
iron horse
Iron Horse
  • Bicycle
bull roarer
Bull-Roarer
  • Noise-maker made from the horn of a bull
creepers
Creepers
  • Vines growing on trees
singlets
Singlets
  • A man’s undershirt
slide16
Character ListDirections: Keep a running list of personality/physical traits for each of the characters below
  • Okonkwo (Oh-kawn-kwoh) –
  •  Unoka (Ooh-no-kah) –
  •  Nwoye (Nuh-who-yeh) –
  •  Ikemefuna (Ee-keh-meh-foo-nah) –
  •  Ekwefi (Eh-kweh-fee) –
  •  Ezinma (Eh-zeen-mah) –
  •  Ojiugo (Oh-jee-ooh-goh) –
  •  Obierika (Oh-bee-air-ee-kah) –
  •  Chielo (Chee-eh-loh) –
chapters 1 2 study questions
Chapters 1-2 Study Questions
  • 1. For what is Okonkwo famous in his clan in Umofia?2. How does Okonkwo feel about his father, Unoka? Why?3. Explain the proverb as it relates to Okonkwo: "If a child washed his hands, he could eat with kings."4. How do the men Umuofia decide what to do about the murder of a woman from their clan? What role do the women of Umuofia have in the decision?5. How do people of Umuofia react to the dark?6. What is the philosophy of war amongst the clans?7. What evidence of Okonkwo's spiritual life is found on his compound?