Things Fall Apart Literary Analysis & Criticism


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The period of time during which European and Asian countries claimed the lands of other continents for themselves was known as what era?

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1. What is the name for writing and criticism that focuses on how colonization changes the cultural, social, political, and religious lives of the people who are colonized?

2. Things Fall Apart focuses on two specific things: First, it focuses on the fulfilling lives that the Nigerian natives lived before British colonization. What other thing does this novel focus on?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This practice assessment will ensure that you understand not only the historical and cultural tensions of the era, but the themes conveyed, in Chinua Achebe's novel, 'Things Fall Apart.' Use this quiz and worksheet to review historical vocabulary and practice identifying the concerns of writers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students can expect to be tested on:

  • The era when Asian and European countries claimed many lands
  • Focus in 'Things Fall Apart'
  • What the British think of the villagers' customs
  • Cause of problems between two main characters

Skills Practiced

These assessments will require you to use skills such as:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast historical eras of central important to the novel
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can recognize and correctly interpret the major themes in 'Things Fall Apart'
  • Critical thinking - apply your knowledge of 'Things Fall Apart' to examine the novel in light of the era's political climate

Additional Learning

To learn more about 'Things Fall Apart,' study the adjacent lesson called 'Things Fall Apart' Literary Analysis & Criticism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the main themes evoked in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
  • Review the era in which the book is set and its results
  • Discuss the tensions existing in the time period
  • Investigate literature from this era in terms of the questions it commonly asks
  • Examine a map relevant to the story's setting