The Locusts in Things Fall Apart


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A swarm of locusts appears in Things Fall Apart. Which of the following things are swarms of locusts generally associated with?

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1. The swarm of locusts foreshadows which of the following things in Things Fall Apart?


Which of the following statements are true about the locusts and white missionaries in Things Fall Apart?

A) They both seemed to come out of nowhere.

B) They were both initially met with surprise and curiosity.

C) They were both ultimately harmless.

D) They were both foretold by the oracle.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Foreshadowing and comparisons are major components of many stories, including Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. One foreshadowing element of Achebe's story are the locusts. Take this assessment to find out how well you understand this foreshadowing and why the locusts are important.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will answer questions regarding:

  • What locusts usually represent
  • What they foreshadowed in Things Fall Apart
  • How the locusts and white missionaries are similar

Skills Practiced

Some of the skills you will practice as you complete this assessment include:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Things Fall Apart lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of what locusts represent and foreshadowing to understand their importance in the story
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the significance of comparing the missionaries to locusts

Additional Learning

Complete the lesson that comes with this assessment, The Locusts in Things Fall Apart, to reinforce your understanding of the material covered in the assessment. You'll also learn more about:

  • What locusts are
  • How the villagers respond to the locusts
  • What an allegory is
  • How Okonkwo reacts to the news of the missionaries