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EAP 223 Academic Reading – Outside Reader: Things Fall Apart PREREADING STUDY GUIDE – Chapters 1-4 Study Questions for Chapters 1-4 Use these questions to guide you through your reading of chapters 1-4. Document your answers on this sheet to help you study for the quiz on chapters 1-4.

ANSWERS: 1. Why was Okonkwo famous? He was a well known, successful wrestler when he was young. As an adult, he was a wealthy farmer and strong warrior. 2. Describe Unoka. He was Okonkwo’s father. He was lazy and improvident. He constantly borrowed money that he didn’t repay. 3. Why had the men of Umuofia called a meeting? The men of Mbaino, a neighboring village, had murdered a woman of Umuofia, and the men wanted revenge. 4. Where does the story take place? It takes place in the village of Umuofia, in Africa. 5. What influence did the oracle have on decisions made in Umuofia? The men didn’t go to war unless the reason was accepted by the oracle. 6. What were Okonkwo’s greatest fear and greatest passion? He was afraid that he would resemble his father. His greatest passion was to hate everything his father loved. 7. What upset Okonkwo most about his son, Nwoye? Nwoye was lazy, not ambitious. 8. What did Okonkwo bring home from his trip to Mbaino? He brought home a boy from the village. His name was Ikemefuna. 9. How did Okonkwo begin his prosperous career? He took gifts to a wealthy man in the village and asked him for some yam seeds. 10. How did Ikemefuna react to living with Okonkwo’s family? At fist he tried to run away, and refused to eat. The family treated him well and he began to get used to living with them. 11. What unheard of thing did Okonkwo do during the Week of Peace? He beat his second wife. 12. How did the people view yams? Yams stood for manliness, and one who could feed his family on yams all year was a great man.

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