Proverbs in Things Fall Apart


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What kinds of products are often the topic of the Umuofia clan's proverbs in Things Fall Apart?

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1. Which character is connected to the old saying that 'an old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb' in Things Fall Apart?

2. In Things Fall Apart, what does Nwakibie, the yam farmer, mean when he tells Okonkwo, 'You can tell a ripe corn by its look'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

All cultures have stories they tell that help explain the inexplicable. This assessment will help you judge your understanding of these explaining stories, or proverbs, in Things Fall Apart with questions about the culture of the tribe as well as the stories they tell.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will help you determine your understanding of the proverbs in Things Fall Apart, including their:

  • Meanings
  • Context
  • Topics

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the use of proverbs Things Fall Apart
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of proverbs to know why the clan's sayings tend to focus on certain topics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who each proverb was spoken about

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Proverbs in Things Fall Apart takes a deeper look at this topic. This lesson goes into more details of each proverb, including:

  • A toad running in the daytime
  • A dead father's fowl
  • Looking at a king's mouth