Similes in Things Fall Apart


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In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, which simile is used to describe Okonkwo's rise to fame?

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1. In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo's wrestling opponent is wily, but Okonkwo is described with what simile?

2. In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, why was Okonkwo's work described as being like pouring grains of corn into a bag full of holes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Similes are one literary mechanism often used to communicate complex events or states of being. For example, Chinua Achebe uses similes in his novel Things Fall Apart to describe a number of situations and conditions. Use this assessment to test your understanding of the purpose of these similes and what they depict.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment was made to test your understanding of similes used to describe Okonkwo's:

  • Rise to fame
  • Wrestling style
  • Feelings toward wrestling
  • Work

Skills Practiced

With this assessment, you will practice your skills in the following:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of similes to understand the ones found in Things Fall Apart
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Things Fall Apart lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Achebe's use of similes in the novel

Additional Learning

Improve your understanding of the similes used by Chinua Achebe by reviewing the lesson titled Similes in Things Fall Apart. With this lesson, you will study:

  • The different similes used
  • How they were used
  • How they affected the story-telling of the novel