Irony in Things Fall Apart


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What is the difference between tragic irony and plain irony?

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1. What is ironic about Okonkwo's suicide in Things Fall Apart?

2. In Things Fall Apart, how are Nwoye's actions ironic?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is made up of questions examining the use of irony in Things Fall Apart. You'll be challenged on the irony of several plot points and character actions. Tragic irony and plain irony will be included.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Tragic and plain irony
  • The irony of Okonkwo's suicide
  • How Nwoye's actions are ironic
  • The event Okonkwo gets through in the beginning of Things Fall Apart that causes him to think he can survive anything
  • The District Commissioner's opinion of Igbo culture

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you've drawn important details from the lesson on plot points of Things Fall Apart that involve irony
  • Distinguishing differences - make sure you can differentiate between tragic and plain irony
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read about what makes character actions ironic and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To study this aspect of the novel closer, you can review the corresponding lesson titled Irony in Things Fall Apart. This lesson is composed of the following objectives:

  • Describe irony
  • Familiarize yourself with Okonkwo's relationship to irony in the novel
  • Define tragic irony
  • Understand how outsiders view the community in Things Fall Apart