1. In broad terms describe the society found in the village of Umofia. How is it similar and different to the society we live within today? What is his societal position within the village? How does this position change over time?

2. How might Things Fall Apart be seen as a universal story? What themes of history
does the novel reflect?

3. What aspects of European civilization attract members of Umofia? What
aspects of European civilization repel the members of Umofia?

4. What does the novel state about the dangers and possibilities of cultural contact?
Does this message have any contemporary relevance?

5. The title, Things Fall Apart, comes from this verse of a poem by W.B. Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things Fall Apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

What is the significance of this title?




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