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Things Fall Apart
Zoe Byrne 9/28/13 1A

Chapter 2

Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli) and now he has an adopted son named Ikemefuna. Okonkwo's father is named Unoka.
⁃ Fears: Okonkwo fears being like his father, lazy and in debt to many.
⁃ Goals: Okonkwo wants to become a successful yam farmer and to be wealthy
⁃ Actions: He works harder than everybody and beats the wrestler "The Cat" and becomes well known throughout the nine villages.
Ikemefuna:
⁃ Appearance: he is a scared little boy
⁃ Relationships: his new adopted mother and father are Okonkwo and his first wife
⁃ Fears: he fears his new household and is terrified of being away from his real parents and village of Mbaino
⁃ Goals: to get back to his real parents
⁃ Actions: his real father killed a daughter of the Umuofia village so he was forced to give up his son (Ikemefuna) to live in Umuofia. Ikemefuna doesn't know what is going on. he tries to run away many times
Character Charts
Chapter 1

Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli). Okonkwo's father is named Unoka.
⁃ Fears: Okonkwo fears being like his father, lazy and in debt to many.
⁃ Goals: Okonkwo wants to become a successful yam farmer and to be wealthy
⁃ Actions: He works harder than everybody and beats the wrestler "The Cat" and becomes well known throughout the nine villages.
Unoka
⁃ Appearance: fat, old and a gray beard
⁃ Relationships: his son is Okonkwo
⁃ Fears: fears he won't pay back all of his debts
⁃ Goals: wants to be a musician and be lazy/drunk the rest of his life
⁃ Actions: drinks all day, is not a successful farmer and plays music


Character Chart
chapter 3

Okonkwo: same

Nwakibi:
⁃ Appearance: n/a
⁃ Relationships: has 30 children and has the highest title in the village
⁃ Fears: n/a
⁃ Goals: to be very wealthy and to help Okonkwo
⁃ Action: he sees that Okonkwo is a hard worker so he helps him start a farm buy giving him 800 yam seeds and a place to farm
Character Charts
chapter 4

Okonkwo: same
Ikemefuna:
⁃ Appearance: he is little boy
⁃ Relationships: his new adopted mother and father are Okonkwo and his first wife
⁃ Fears: he no longer fears Okonkwo or his new life
⁃ Goals: to grow yams like Okonkwo
⁃ Actions: he is now very popular in Okonkwo's family and enjoys his time their
chapter 5

Okonkwo: same

Ezinma
⁃ Appearance: she looks very much like her mother (Ekwefi) who was once the village beauty
⁃ Relationships: her father is Okonkwo and her mother is Ekwefi
⁃ Fears: unknown
⁃ Goals: Unknown
⁃ Actions: she wants to help out and is a lively child. Okonkwo is secretly fond of her
Character Charts
chapter 7
Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli)
⁃ Fears: Okonkwo fears being like his father, lazy and in debt to many.
⁃ Goals: Okonkwo wants to become a successful yam farmer and to be wealthy
⁃ Actions: he is very sad because his village elders said that he has to kill his son (Ikemefuna) and he does to not seem weak
chapter 6
same
Character Charts
chapter 8
Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli)
⁃ Fears: Okonkwo fears being like his father, lazy and in debt to many. he now also fears for Nwoye that he will not be successful.
⁃ Goals: Okonkwo wants to become a successful yam farmer and to be wealthy
⁃ Actions: he is very sad because his village elders said that he has to kill his son (Ikemefuna) and he does to not seem weak
chapter 9
Ekwefi
⁃ Appearance: is the youngest of Okonkwo's wives, was once the village beauty
⁃ Relationships: is the wife of Okonkwo, has a daughter named Ezinma
⁃ Fears: fears that Ezinma is dying
⁃ Goals: to make Ezinma well again
⁃ Actions: she made all of Okonkwo's meals and loved her daughter more than everything. she did everything Okonkwo told her to do to make Ezinma well again
Okonkwo: same
Character Charts
chapter 10

Okonkwo: same
Ekwefi: same
chapter 11
Ekwefi
⁃ Appearance: is the youngest of Okonkwo's wives, was once the village beauty
⁃ Relationships: is the wife of Okonkwo, has a daughter named Ezinma
⁃ Fears: she gets fearful when Chielo takes Ezinma away from her
⁃ Goals: to get Ezinma back
⁃ Actions: she follows Chielo to try and get back Ezinma

Chielo
⁃ Appearance: old priest, woman
⁃ Relationships: is the priest of the village
⁃ Fears: upsetting the gods, specifically Agbala
⁃ Goals: to take Ezinma to the caves so that Agbala can talk with her
⁃ Actions: she goes into Okonkwo's compound late at night and takes Ezinma away to the caves


chapter 12

Okonkwo: same


Character Charts
chapter 13
Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli)
⁃ Fears: his clan mates and Agbala
⁃ Goals: Okonkwo wants to become a successful yam farmer and to be wealthy
⁃ Actions: he kills another clan mate, which is a crime against the earth goddess. He and his wives and children pack up all of their valuable thing and leave for his motherland called Mbanta.

Character Charts
chapter 14

Uchendu:
⁃ Appearance: an old man with a gray beard
⁃ Relationships: is Okonkwo's mother's younger brother (Okonkwo's uncle)
⁃ Fears: unknown
⁃ Goals: to make Okonkwo see that he is still a child and that he should not be sorrowful for having to live in his motherland for a couple of years
⁃ Actions: gives Okonkwo a place to live and farm in his motherland

Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli) he also is with his uncle Uchehdu now.
⁃ Fears: he will make another successful life for his family because he has to start from scratch again
⁃ Goals: to plant another yam farm
⁃ Actions: he and his family move to his motherland (Mbanta) and have to start over completely

Character Charts
chapter 15
Okonkwo: same

Obierika
⁃ Appearance: n/a
⁃ Relationship: very close friend too Okonkwo
⁃ Fears: that the white man is going to kill everybody
⁃ Goal: to visit Okonkwo and tell him how the white men killed almost everybody in Abame
⁃ Actions: he visited Okonkwo in his motherland on the 2nd year of his exile and told how Abame was wiped out



Plot Summery
Vocabulary
chapter 1
• Haggard, p. 4 -looking very thin and tired especially from great hunger, worry, or pain. " He wore a haggard and mournful look unless he was drinking or playing on his flute"
• Harmattan, p. 5- a dust-laden wind on the Atlantic coast of Africa in some seasons."And it was not too hot either, because the cold and dry harmattan wind was blowing down from the north."
• Improvident, p. 4 - not providing or saving for the future : not wise or sensible regarding money ."In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow."
• Folly, p. 4 - lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight. "He always said that whenever he saw a dead man's mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one's lifetime."
• Cowrie, p. 7 - the shiny and often brightly colored shell of the cowrie snail ."You see, I owe that man a thousand cowries."

Journal
Chapter 6-9
pg 47/1
Old men nodded their heads to the beat of the drums as they remembered the days that they used to wrestle to its intoxicating rhythm." (c) This reminds me how I look at younge people and remember doing the same things when i was young.

pg 52/2
"He (Ikemefuna) had been wholly absorbed into his new family." (cl) This clarifies that Ikemefuna no longer was sad and now has a new family.

pg 53/3
"Nwoye knew that it's right to be masculine and violent, but somehow he still preferred his mothers stories." (p) I think this will make Okonkwo upset in the future.

pg 60/4
"He sang it in his mind, and walked to its beat." (c) Whenever i walk anywhere i always have a sone in my head.

pg 63/5
"Okonkwo did not taste any food for two days after the death of Ikemefuna" (c) Whenever i get sad, i often times dont eat for days.

pg 63/6
"You have not eaten for two days, so you must finish this" (c) Whenever i am not eating, my mother forces me to eat.

pg 65/7
"When did you become a shivering old women?" (Q) Why is Okonkwo so hard on himself and wont feel any emotions?

pg 67/8
"A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which a mother puts into its palm." (r) I think that this passage means that a mother will always protect her child

pg 75/9
"For the first time in three days, Okonkwo slept." (r) I think that this means that Okonkwo is finally at peace with himself.

pg 83/10
"Bring me a hoe" (r) Sometimes everybody just needs a hoe.

Character Charts
Obierika
⁃ Appearance: n/a
⁃ Relationship: very close friend too Okonkwo
⁃ Fears: that the white man is going to kill everybody
⁃ Goal: to visit Okonkwo to tell him about his son, Nwoye, and how the white men invaded Umuofia and built a church
⁃ Actions: he visited Okonkwo in his motherland two years since he last did
Nwoye
⁃ Appearance: is a young man and is lazy (according to his father)
⁃ Relationships: is the son of Okonkwo and his first wife
⁃ Fears: his father
⁃ Goals: to become one of the missionaries
⁃ Actions: ran away from home and went back to Umuofia to become a missionary and saying that Okonkwo was no longer his father

Okonkwo: same
chapter 16
Character Charts
chapter 17

The Missionaries:
⁃ Appearance: are white men
⁃ Relationship: invaded the villages
⁃ Fears: none so far
⁃ Goals: to convert the people of the villages to Christian faith
⁃ Action: they are building a church in the villages, which they forcefully invaded

chapter 18
Mr. Kiaga
⁃ Appearance: white and male
⁃ Relationship: invaded the village
⁃ Fears: none
⁃ Goals: to convert the Ibo people into Christians
⁃ Action: built a church and forced Christianity onto the people.
Character Charts
chapter 19
Okonkwo:
⁃ Appearance: Okonkwo is very big and muscular. He has a very stern face with a wide nose and is a leader.
⁃ Relationships: Okonkwo has three wives (Ekwefi, Ojiugo, and the first wife). Okonkwo has four children (Nwoye, Eznima, Nkechi, and Obiageli) he also is with his uncle Uchehdu now. however, Nwoye no longer considers him his father
⁃ Fears: that they missionaries will wipe out everyone
⁃ Goals: to return to Umuofia with his family
⁃ Actions: he prepares a feast on the last harvest in his motherland (which was successful), then prepares to return back to Umuofia


chapter 1 chapter 2
Okonkwo is a feared and wealthy man of the Umuofia clan, which is part of 9 connecting villages of the Ibo tribe. He first became respected and well known when he threw the wrestler known as "The Cat" who was never defeated for 7 years until Okonkwo showed up. Okonkwo wants to be nothing like his lazy father(who was in debt to many people) who is now deceased.
One night, Ogbuefi Ezeugo (an orator) announces that the wife of a Umuofian tribesman was murdered in the village of Mbaino. They send Okonkwo to deliver the message that unless they give up one girl virgin and a boy, the villages will be at war. Since Okonkwo is feared as a skilled warrior, hey agree and hand over a virgin girl and a boy named Ikemefuna. The girl becomes a bride and Okonkwo is left to care for the boy.
chapter 3 chapter 4
In this chapter we learn that Okonkwo obtained all of his wealth buy sharecropping. A wealthy man named Nwakibie admired Okonkwo's hard work, so he gave him a compund to live and farm. He gave him 400 yam seeds aswell. Another one of Okonkwo's friends also gave him 400 yam seeds to get him started. The fact that Okonkwo's father (Unoka) was a lazy failure only made Okonkwo work harder. Before long,Okonkwo beame very sccessful.
When Ikemefuna first starts to live Okonkwo he was very scared, but after a while he began to like it their. During the Week of Peace, Okonkwo beats one of his wives which breaks the sacred week. The priest (Ezeani) demands him to pay a fine in order to not upset the earth goddess. He pays the fine of one she goat, one hen, one piece of cloth and 100 cowries. After the Week of Peace, everybody is getting ready to plant the farms.
chapter 5 chapter 6
Before the harvest, the village holds the Feast of New Yam to give thanks to the earth goddess. The day after the feast there is a wrestling match. This is where Okonkwo won Ezweki's heart by throwing "The Cat". In this chapter Okonkwo admits to being very fond of Ezinma. However, Okonkwo never showes Ezinma that he likes her because he believes that shows weakness.
The wrestling match takes place in the village ilo, starting with boys ages 15-16. Maduka, the son of Okonkwo’s friend Obierika, wins one match within seconds. Ekwefi begins talking with her friend Chielo, priestess of Agbala Oracle of the Hills and Caves. They both come to the conclusion that Ezinma is going to live longer becuse she is already 10.
chapter 7
Ikemefuna has stayed with Okonkwo's family for three years now. Nwoye and him have become very close. suddenly, many locusts descended upon Umuofia. this makes the village excited because they can eat them. Ogbuefi Ezeudu visits Okonkwo and tells him that the Oracle decided that Ikemefuna must be killed. Okonkwo tells Ikemefuna that he is returning home. On the walk home, a man attacks Ikemefuna with a machete and he cries out to Okonkwo for help. Okonkwo doesn't want to look weak so he kills him. Okonkwo feels something break inside of him and is very sad (on the inside) and the only other time he was sad was when he heard an infant crying in the Evil Forest (where newborn twins are left to die).

chapter 8
Okonkwo is now in a depression, he feels weak and can't eat or sleep. When Ezinma brings him his evening meal on the third day she says that he must finish all of it. Okonkwo then visits his friend Obierika and congratulates Maduka on his good wrestling. Okonkwo begins to complain about that his sons are not manly enough and that he wished Ezinma was a boy because she had the right spirit. Okonkwo and Obierika argue whether it was right to be a part of Ikemefuna'a death. Okonkwo decides that if Ikemefuna was murdered in a busier part of the year, then he wouldn't be as affected by his death.
chapter 9
Ekwefi wakes up Okonkwo and tells him that Ezinma is dying. Okonkwo confirms that Ezinma is very ill. Ezinma is Ekwefi's only child and is the center of her world. Okonkwo begins to collect medicine to make Ezinma well again. We learn that Ekwefi has had nine other children who all died as infants.
chapter 10
A big ceremony is held by the village. The clan’s ancestral spirits, which are known as egwugwu, emerge from a secret house into which no woman is allowed to step. The women and children are in fear. There is then a dispute between a man (Uzowulu) and his wives brothers (Mgbafo). Uzowulu claims that Mgbafo beat him and took his children and wife away from him. Mgbafo respondied by saying that Uzowulu beats his sister mercilessly. The council is in favor of Mgbafo and tell Uzowulu that if he ever beat his wife again then they will cut off his genitals.
chapter 13 chapter 14
Ogbuefi Ezeudu’s death is announced to the surrounding villages with the ekwe, a musical instrument. Okonkwo’s gun accidentally goes off and kills Ezeudu’s sixteen-year-old son. Killing a clansmen is a sin against the earth goddess, so Okonkwo's family is forced to seven years of exile. They gather all of their valuable belongings and go to Okonkwo's motherland, Mbanta.
chapter 11
Ekwefi tells a story to Ezinma about a clever tortoise going to the bird feast in the sky. This story explains why the tortoise has a bumpy shell now. Chielo tells Ekwefi that Agbaba, Oracle of the Hills and Caves, wishes to speak to Ezinma. Okonkwo and Ekwefi try to convince Chielo to bring her in the morning, but she then reminds them that they dont want to infuriate the gods. Chielo takes Ezinma and forbids anyone to follow, but Ekwefi follows anyways. When she arrives at the caves she can hear Ezinma crying and is prepared to go against the Gods to protect her. Suddenly Okonkwo arrives with a machete and they wait outside the cave. She begins to remember when she first ran away from her husband to be with Okonkwo.
chapter 12
Chielo walks out of the caves with Ezinma on her back. Without saying anything, she takes her back to Ekwefi's hut and puts her to bed. Okonkwo wont admit it, but he was very worried about Ezinma. Okonkwo’s family begins to prepare for Obierika’s daughter’s uri, a betrothal ceremony. The feast was a huge success.
Okonkwo arrives in Mbanta and his uncle, Uchendu, welcomes him and his family. They help him build a compund and huts and even lend him yam seeds to get his new farm started. Okonkwo is upset because he has to start from scratch again. He also wanted "to become one of the lords of the clan", but that possibility might be gone now. Uchendu recognizes his disappointment but wishes to talk to him about it after his son's wedding. Uchendu states that Okonkwo should be happy and not bitter that he is in his motherland. Uchendu says he has gone through much worse but he still is here and didn't hang himself.
chapter 15
During the second year of Okonkwo's exile Obierika pays him a visit. He brings a bag full of cowries and bad news. The village named Abame has been destroyed. During the planting season a white man rode through the village on an "iron horse" (bicycle). The village elders consulted their oracle, which prophesied that the white man would be followed by others, who would bring destruction to Abame. To prevent the white man from telling his friends, they tied his bike to their sacred tree and killed him. More white men came by and saw the bike and guessed their friends fate. A few weeks later all the white men surrounded the village and killed almost everybody. Uchendu declares that Abame was foolish to kill a man who said nothing. Okonkwo agrees that the villagers were fools, but he believes that they should have heeded the oracle’s warning and armed themselves. The reason for Obierika's visit was because he has been selling Okonkwo's yams and yam seeds. Obierika will continue to sell his yams and bring him the cowries until Okonkwo returns back to the village.
chapter 17
The missionaries request a piece of land to build a church on. They give them a lot in the Evil Forest, hoping they would not except it. However, the were happy. After nothing bad happened to the missionaries after 28 days, the won over many people to convert to Christianity, including a pregnant woman (Nneka) who has only been birthing twins. One of Okonkwo’s cousins notices Nwoye among the Christians and informs Okonkwo. When Nwoye comes home Okonkwo chokes him and demands to know where he has been.Uchendu orders him to let go of the boy. Nwoye leaves his father’s compound and travels to a school in Umuofia to learn reading and writing. Okonkwo wonders how he could ever have fathered such a weak son.
chapter 16
Two years after his first visit (and three years after Okonkwo’s exile), Obierika returns to Mbanta. He has decided to visit Okonkwo because he has seen Nwoye with some of the Christian missionaries who have arrived. Okonkwo refuses to talk about Nwoye. Nwoye also no longer calls Okonkwo father. Nwoye was captivated by the Christian missionaries and wanted to join them.
chapter 18
The church wins over many converts, including outcasts and men of no title. Mr. Kiaga firmly refuses to deny any outcasts wanting to join the church. He convinces them out of some of their many taboos, including cutting your hair.To the clan’s disbelief, one boasts that he killed the sacred royal python. Okonkwo wants to drive the missionaries out with violence but the rulars and elders decide to ostracize them instead. However, they soon discover that the man who boasted about killing a royal python was now dead. This reaffirmed their trust in their gods and the elders and leaders cease to ostracize the converts.
chapter 19
Okonkwo's seven year exile is drawing to an end. He decides to hold a large feast for his mother's kinsmen. He is grateful towards them but is sad that he missed the opportunity to increase his status in his own clan. At the feast one man is surprised by Okonkwo to be so generous with his food and praises his devotion to the kinship bond.
chapter 2
• Orator, p. 10 - a person who makes speeches and is very good at making them . "Ogbuefi Ezeugo was a powerful orator and was always chosen to speak on such occasions."
• Foolhardy, p. 12 - foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky "And if anybody was so foolhardy as to pass by the shrine after dusk he was sure to see the old woman hopping about."
• Interim, p. 12 - a period of time between events. "Okonkwo was, therefor, asked on behalf of the clan to look after him in the interim."
• Perpetual, p. 13 - continuing forever. "His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children."
• Emissary, p. 12- a person who is sent on a mission to represent another person or organization "And so when Okonkwo of Umuofia arrived at Mbaino as the proud and imperious emissary of war….."

chapter 3
• Afflicted, p. 18- to cause pain or suffering to "When a man is afflicted with swelling in the stomach, he is not allowed to die in the house"
• Perch, p. 19 - to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall "Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too"
• Dregs, p. 21 - sediment contained in a liquid or precipitated from it "Who will drink the dregs?"
• Tendrils, p. 23 - the thin stem of a climbing plant that attaches to walls, fences, etc. "In the morning he went back to his farm and saw the withering tendrils."
• Inwardly, p. 23 - in the innermost being "They sympathized with their neighbors with much shaking of the head, but inwardly they were happy for what they took to be their own foresight."


chapter 4 chapter5
• Brusqueness, p. 26 - markedly short and abrupt "But he was struck, as most people were, by Okonkwo's Brusqueness in dealing with less successful men."
• Kindred, p. 26 - a person's relatives "Everybody at the kindred meeting took sides with Osugo when Okonkwo called him a woman."
• Benevolent, p. 26 - kind and generous "The oldest man present said sternly that those who's palm-kernals were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble."
• Justifiable, p. 29 - capable of being right " Okonkwo was provoked by justifiable anger by his youngest wife…"
• Plait, p. 29 - an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together "She has gone to plait her hair"



Mortar, p. 36 - a sturdy vessel in which material is pounded or rubbed with a pestle "All cooking pots were washed, especially the wooden mortar in which yam was pouned
• Tentative, p . 38 - not fully developed "Neither of the wives dared to interfere beyond an occasional and tentative saying"
• Prowess, p. 38 - distinguished bravery "But although Okonkwo was a great man whose prowess was universally acknowledged, he was not a hunter"
• Clambered, p. 39 - to climb or crawl in an awkward way "…as she clambered over the dwarf wall of the barn."
• Fowl, p. 40 - the meat of such a bird used as food 'The fowl Ekwefi just killed was in the wooden mortar"

chapter 6
• Grandees, p . 46 - man of elevated rank or station "The elders and grandees of the village sat on their own stools brought by there young sons or slaves"
• Feverishly, p. 46 - involving intense emotion or activity "Three men beat them with sticks, working from one drum to another."
• Fronds, p. 47 - a large leaf (especially of a palm or fern) usually with many divisions " Once in a while, two young men carrying palm fronds ran round in a circle…"
• Intoxicating, p. 47 - to excite or elate to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy "Old men nodded to the beat of the drums and remembered the days when they wrestled to its intoxicating rythm."
• Frenzied, p. 47 - feeling or showing great or abnormal excitement or emotional disturbance "The crowd roared and clapped and for a while drowned the frenzied drums."

chapter 7
• Wholly, p. 52 - completely or fully "He had become wholly absorbed into his new family."
• Kindled, p. 52 - to stir up "…and from the very first seemed to have kindled a new fire in the younger boy."
• Prosperous, p. 53 - having success usually by making a lot of money "No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and children he was not really a man."
• Stunted, p. 54 - to hinder the normal growth, development, or progress of "They went back to their caves in a distant land, where they were guarded by a race of stunted men."
• Harbingers, p. 56 - a person sent ahead to provide lodgings "They were the harbingers sent to survey the land."

chapter 8
• Plantains, p. 63 - a banana plant "On the third day he asked his second wife, Ekwefi, to roast plantains for him."
• Valor, p. 65 - courage or bravery "You who are known in all the nine villages for your valor?"
• Thatches, p. 65 - to make (a roof) with dried plant material "Obierika was sitting under the shade of an orange tree making thatches from the leaves of the raffia-palm."
• Lobe, p. 67 - a curved or rounded part of something "Obierika offered him a lobe of the kola nut he had broken with Okonkwo."
• Coiffure, p. 71 - a way of cutting and arranging someone's hair "She wore a coiffure which was done up into a crest in the middle of the head."
chapter 9
• Rebuke, p. 76 - to speak in an angry and critical way "At her father's rebuke she developed an even keener appetite for eggs."
• Keener, p. 76 - very strong and sensitive "At her father's rebuke she developed an even keener appetite for eggs."
• Conspiracies, p. 77 - the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal "…which was strengthened by such little conspiracies as eating eggs in the bathroom."
• Amiss, p. 77 - in a mistaken way "Okonkwo had gone to the medicine man to inquire what was amiss."
• Gnashed, p. 78 - to strike or grind (as the teeth) together "He always gnashed his teeth as he listened to hose who came to confront him."

chapter 10
• Fringe, p. 87 - an area of activity that is related to but not part of whatever is central or most widely accepted "There were many women, but they looked on from the fringe like outsiders."
• Guttural, p. 88 - formed or pronounced in the throat "Then came the voices of the egwugwu, guttural and awesome."
• Pandemonium, p. 88 - a wild uproar "The egwugwu house was now a pandemonium of quavering voices."
• Quavering, p. 88 - to produce sound in an unsteady way especially because you are afraid or nervous "The egwugwu house was now a pandemonium of quavering voices."
• Esoteric, p. 89 - hard to understand "….greeted themselves in their esoteric language."


chapter 11
• Impenetrably, p. 95 - incapable of being penetrated or pierced "The night was impenetrably dark."
• Famine, p. 96 - a situation in which many people do not have enough food to eat "There was a famine in those days and Tortoise had not eaten a good meal for two moons."
• Voluble, p. 97 - talking a lot in an energetic and rapid way "Tortoise was very happy and voluble as he flew among the birds."
• Plumage, p. 97 - the feathers of a bird "Tortoise stood up in his many colored plumage and thanked them for their invitation."
• Eloquent, p. 98 - clearly showing feeling or meaning "His speech was so eloquent that all the birds were glad they had brought him."

chapter 12
• Astir, p. 110 - awake and out of bed "Okonkwo's family was stir like any other family in the neighborhood."
• Trooped, p. 112 - walked/marched "As they trooped through Okonkwo's obi he asked : who is going to prepare my afternoon meal?"
• Tripods, p. 112 - a stool, table, or altar with three legs "Temporary cooking tripods were erected on every available space by bringing together three blocks of sun-dried earth and making a fire in their midst."
• Erected, p. 112 - vertical in position "Temporary cooking tripods were erected on every available space by bringing together three blocks of sun-dried earth and making a fire in their midst."
• Midst, p. 112 - he middle area or part of something "Temporary cooking tripods were erected on every available space by bringing together three blocks of sun-dried earth and making a fire in their midst."

chapter 13
• Rend, p. 120 - to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence "The cannon seemed to rend the sky."
• Lamentation, p. 120 - to act in expressing sorrow, regret, or unhappiness about something "Now and again a full-chested lamentation rose above the wailing whenever a man came into the place of death."
• Raffia, p. 121 - material that looks like string, is made from palm leaves, and is used to make baskets, hats, etc. "They all wore smoked raffia skirts and their bodies and their bodies were painted with chalk and charcoal."
• Dwelt, p. 121 - to remain for a time "They said this over and over again, as it dwelt on it."
• Tremulous, p. 121 - feeling or showing a lack of confidence or courage "…speaking in a tremulous, unearthly voice and completely covered in raffia."

chapter 14
• Requisite, p. 129 - needed for a particular purpose "And he arranged the requisites right and sacrifices."
• Plot, p. 129 - an area of land that has been measured and is considered as a unit "Okonkwo was given a plot of ground in which to build his compound."
• Arose, p. 130 - to come into being or to attention "A mighty wind arose and filled the air with dust."
• Sought, p. 130 - to search for "…children sought for shelter.."
• Diffused, p. 130 - spread out over a large space "A vague scent of life and green vegetation was diffused in the air."

chapter 15
• Fugitves, p. 138 - moving from place to place "… a little band of fugitives came to our town."
• Beckoning, p. 138 - to signal (someone) with your arm or hand in order to tell that person to come closer or follow "He stood beckoning to them."
• Terrain, p. 139 - the physical features of a tract of land "They said the first man was sent to explore the terrain."
• Ominous, p. 140 - suggesting that something bad is going to happen in the future "There is something ominous behind the silence."
• Abomination, p. 141 - "The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others."

chapter 16
• Converts, p. 143 - someone who has converted from one religion to another "They had built their church there and had won a handful of converts"
• Evangelists, p. 143 - a person and especially a preacher who tries to convince people to become Christian "They were sending evangelists to the surrounding towns and villages."
• Heeded, p. 143 - to pay attention to "None of his converts was a man whose words were heeded in the assembly of the people."
• Excrement, p. 143 - waste "Chielo called the converts the excrements of the clan."
• Interpreter, p. 144 - someone who translates one language into another "He spoke through the interpreter who was an Ibo man."

chapter 17
• Gospel, p. 148 - the teachings of the Christian religion "They went in the morning to preach the gospel."
• Potent, p. 148 - having or wielding force "It was also the dumping ground for the potent fetishes of great medicine men when they died."
• Fetishes, p. 148 - an object that is believed to have magical powers "It was also the dumping ground for the potent fetishes of great medicine men when they died."
• Impudent, p. 150 - failing to show proper respect and courtesy "The impudent missionaries built their church in the Evil Forest."
• Perturbed, p. 151 - to cause to be worried or upset "They were unduly perturbed when they had discovered she had fled to the christians."
chapter 18
• Heathen, p. 156 - their religions, or their customs "What will the heathen say of us?"
• Vain, p. 156 - too proud of your own appearance, abilities, achievements "Why do the nations rage and the peoples imagine a vain thing?"
• Sitteth, p. 156 - sits "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh."
• Derision, p. 156 - "The lord shall have them in derision."
• Taboo, p. 156 - a sin "A razor was taboo to him."

chapter 19
• Prospered, p. 162 - grown/progressed "He had prospered in his motherland."
• Regretted, p. 162 - wish it had not happened "He regretted everyday of his exile."
• Exile, p. 162 - is not allowed back, kicked out ""He regretted everyday of his exile."
• Begotten, p. 162 - to cause (something) to happen or exist "Begotten in the wilderness."
• Penalty, p. 163 - punishment for breaking a rule or law "He had the penalty of exile for seven years."

chapter 10-12
pg 88/1
"No women ever asked questions about the most powerful and secret cult in the clan." (q) why didnt they ask questions?

pg 87/2
"The edge had worn off and the sun was no longer painful on the body." (c) The sun can be painful these days.

pg 95/3
"The world was silent except for the shrill cry of insects" (q) What type of insects were they?

pg 95/4
"There was an oil lamp in all of the 4 huts." (c) I have lights in all of the rooms of my house.

pg 97/5
"It was Ekwefi's turn to tell a story" (C) I love telling stories to my friends

pg 99/6
"The tortoise's shell broke into many pieces" (cl) This is why the tortoises shell isnt smooth according to Ibo culture.

pg 100/7
"Her heart jumped painfully inside her" (e) I think that the author is trying to say that Ekwefi feared for Ezinma right when Chielo called her name.

pg 110/8
"Okonkwo's family was astir like any other family in the neighborhood." (r) Even though they just had a rough night, they are celebrating like everyone else.

pg 111/9
"You need some sleep yourself said Nwoye's mother" (C) My mother always tells me that i need to go to sleep.

pg 118/10
"And they were all gay" (c) My friends and I are often gay.



























chapter 13
pg 120/1
"The first cock had not crowed, and Umuofia was still swalloed in sleep and silence" (C) I always sleep very late into the day

pg 123/2
"Ezeudu had taken 3 titles in his life." (Q) How do you obtain titles?

pg 125/3
"As the elders said, if one finger brought oil, it soiled the others." (CL) I think they are trying to say that if one person messes up or is careless, then it could ruin everything
Setting
In the beginning of the book, it states that there are nine clans/villages that make up the Ibo peoples. Okonkwo and his family live in Umuofia. They live here from chapter 1 to chapter 14. In the middle of chapter 13, Okonkwo's gun goes off and accidantly kills a clansman. Because what he did was a sin, he and his family are forced into exile for seven years. They gather all of their valuables and go to Okonkwo's motherland, Mbanta. In the beginnig of chapter 14, they arrive in Mbanta and are welcomed by his uncle Uchendu and his other kinsman. They stay here throughout chapters 14-19. As the seven years are coming to the end in chapter 19, they mention that they will be going back to Umuofia once again.
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