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'Things Fall Apart' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

William Heinemann Ltd.

Things Fall Apart is a famous novel by Chinua Achebe. It's an important work in world literature, but the book has also been banned--it discusses colonialism. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

  • What is important about the title: Things Fall Apart? Is there a reference in the novel that explains the title?

  • What are the conflicts in Things Fall Apart? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional)?

  • How does Chinua Achebe reveal character in Things Fall Apart?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Things Fall Apart? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Are they fully developed characters? Are some characters more fully developed than others? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • Why is the novel so controversial? Do you think the book should be censored or banned?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of family and community in this novel?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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