Symbols in Things Fall Apart


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What is a symbol?

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1. Which of the following symbolizes Okonkwo's rage and his desire to be cold and masculine in Things Fall Apart?

2. In Things Fall Apart, what do yams symbolize?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Symbols abound in the ethnic studies novel Things Fall Apart, and this quiz will measure your ability to interpret those symbols. Quiz questions will test your reading comprehension skills in terms of explaining specific symbols from the text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Allow these assessment tools to help you gauge your familiarity with:

  • Definition of symbols
  • Symbol signifying Okonkwo's rage
  • Symbolic meaning of yams
  • Explanation of locusts as a symbol

Skills Practiced

Using this quiz and the printable worksheet will give you the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Things Fall Apart
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about symbolic meaning in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how yams are used in the novel

Additional Learning

To further develop your understanding of the text, review the lesson Symbols in Things Fall Apart. While you can easily find the answers to the quiz, you will also have access to the following information:

  • Okonkwo character analysis
  • Cultural concepts of masculinity and wealth in the novel
  • Relationship between British colonizers and Okonkwo's people