Gender Roles in Things Fall Apart


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In the society described in Things Fall Apart, what are eldest sons expected to do?

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1. In Things Fall Apart, what does Ekwefi do that breaks traditional gender roles?

2. In Things Fall Apart, why does Okonkwo wish Ezinma was a boy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will focus on gender roles in Things Fall Apart. This novel depicts men and women in set roles. The quiz will ask questions about these roles. Characters such as Ekwefi, Okonkwo, and Ezinma.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your understanding of the gender roles in Things Fall Apart. Questions will focus on the following topics:

  • The duties of eldest sons in the society
  • Responsibilities of married women
  • Relationships between characters
  • Patriarchal customs

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Things Fall Apart lesson on gender roles
  • Making connections - understand what suitors have to do before marriage
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gathered about Okonkwo and the Week of Peace to answer questions about the novel

Additional Learning

To get a better idea of how gender roles are used in Things Fall Apart, go through the Gender Roles in Things Fall Apart lesson. This lesson will teach you about:

  • Inheritance for men as opposed to when
  • Marriage for men and women in the novel
  • Gender roles of men and women in Chinua Achebe's work
  • Nwoye's conflict with Okonkwo