Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe that was first published in 1958.
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- How does Ikemefuna become Okonkwo’s adopted son?
- Why is Ezinma so special to Okonkwo?
- Why does Nwoye convert to Christianity?
- What causes Okonkwo’s exile from Umuofia?
- Why does Okonkwo hang himself?
- Why are the villagers shocked when Okonkwo beats his wife during the Week of Peace?
- Why are the villagers excited whenever the locusts come?
- Why does Nwoye admire Ikemefuna?
- What warning does Ogbuefi Ezeudu give Okonkwo about killing Ikemefuna?
- Why does Okonkwo kill Ikemefuna?
- Why do the villagers burn Okonkwo’s buildings and kill his animals?
- Why are the villagers confused by Mr. Brown’s ideas?
- What is an egwugwu, and why are the villagers horrified when Enoch unmasks one?
- Why does Okonkwo kill the District Commissioner’s messenger?
- Why can’t Okonkwo be buried?
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