Why is the Commissioner frustrated with the Ibo when he arrives to find Okonkwo?
Where do Obierika and the others lead the Commissioner?
What does Obierika ask the Commissioner and his men to do? Why?
What does Obierika have to say to the Commissioner?
What book is the Commissioner planning to write? What does the title tell you about his attitude towards the Ibo?
What sub-titles would you give each part of the novel?
How are women treated in the Ibo culture?
What is the effect of Achebe using authentic Ibo words?
Does Achebe portray the conflict between the missionaries and Ibo as being primarily concerned with black versus white tensions? What else is going on here?
Of Ezinma, Okonkwo thinks: "She should have been a boy.” Why is it necessary to the story that Okonkwo's most favored child be a girl?
The title of the novel is derived from the William Butler Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming," concerned with the second coming of Christ. The completed line reads: "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold." What layers of meaning are discernible when this completed line is applied to the story?
Look back to your notes on Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero. Which criteria does Okonkwo meet? How do you know?