Monday, June 20, 2011

Homework 6/21

1) ROAR post #2 due today!

2) ROAR and Culture Vulture web page review due Thursday (upload your text to

3) Revised Huck Finn essay on Friday

4) Class survey: review your experience in ELA 10. It's confidential, and will be graded based on the % of students who complete the survey.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things Fall Apart Exam Review

All the characters/place names!

Study Questions!
Chapter 1  1: How was Okonkwo's identity in the village formed?  2: Give some details of Okonkwo's physical identity.  3: How would Okonkwo describe a successful man?  4: Describe Unoka. In whose eyes was he a failure?  

Chapter 2  1: Describe some traditions rituals mentioned.  2: How is justice brought upon the tribal people? Who decides?  3: How did Ikemefuna come to Umuofia?  4: How did Okonwko rule his household?  5: What was Okonkwo's fear?   6: Describe Ikemefuna.  

Chapter 3  1: Describe Okonkwo's childhood.  2: Where do people go to obtain advice for troubles and the future? 3: What ritual surrounded seeing the Oracle?  4: What advice did the Oracle give to Okonkwo's father?  5: How are diseased/dying people treated in the tribe?   6: What privileges are given to a man's first wife?  7: What was needed to approach Nwakibie for some yams?  

Chapter 4  1: Does hard work deserve success?  2: How did the Ibo judge a person?  3: At one point, Okonkwo says that affection is a sign of weakness. Do you agree?  4: How did Okonkwo break the Week of Peace?  5: What emphasis is placed on the "gods" in the tribe?   

Chapter 5  1: Who was the most important god? 2: Describe the New Yam Festival.  3: Why was Okonkwo fond of Ezinma?   

Chapter 6  1: What do you think is the significance of the wrestling matches?  

Chapter 7 1: What influence did Ikemefuna have on Nwoye?  2: Why did Okonkwo tell the boys war stories?  3: What types of stories were told by the mothers? Are each type important?  4: How do the people receive the locusts? Did this reception surprise you?  5: What did the tribe decide about Ikemefuna?  6: Why did Okonkwo go with to kill Ikemefuna instead of staying home? Why did he help kill the boy?  7: What affect did Ikemefuna's death have on Nwoye?  

Chapter 8  1: How did Okonkwo react to Ikemefuna's death?  2: What did he do to make himself forget?  3: What does Obierika tell Okonkwo what he would do if faced with his choice?  4: How did people view the relationship between Okonkwo and Ikemefuna?  5: From where did the people get their laws? 6: What does the proverb 'When mother cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth.'mean?  7: How do the Umuofia view the customs of their clan?  8: What does Obierika's eldest brother say, however?  9: What is euphemism and why do the Umuofia tend to speak euphemistically?  

Chapter 9  1: What is the relationship between Ekwefi and Ezinma?  2: What is an ogbanje? How do the Umuofia explain the premature deaths of Ekwefi's children?  3: What was the ritual to prevent the return of the ogbanje?  4: Why was the child Onwumbiko not given a proper burial?  5: What is chi ?  6: What is the function of stories in the text? Look at the story of the snake-lizard. 

Chapter 10  1: When did communal ceremonies take place and where?  2: Who could be present? Who had the seats of honor?  3: What is the egwugwu house? How did people communicate with their ancestors?  4: What does this suggest about the role of the ancestors in the community?  5: How does music function in the egwugwu ceremony?  6: What is the origin of the nine villages of the Umuofia clan?  7: What is the Evil Forest? Who represents the nine leaders of the clan?  8: What does this say about the power of belief?  9: Why did they have to meet Uzowillu (husband); Mgbafo (wife)  10: How did the community resolve conflicts?  

Chapter 11 1: Who or what is the tortoise? What do you think the purpose of the story is?  2: What is the role of story telling in Ibo culture?  3: Who is Chielo? What does she say Agbala wants?  

Chapter 12 1: What was the marriage ritual?  2: Who are the umunna?  3: What is an uri?  4: The marriage ceremony is considered to be a woman's ceremony. Why?  5: What do you think the village would assemble in the shape of a circle?                                               

Chapter 13  1: Who dies in chapter 13? Who was he?  2: Who participated in the death ritual?  3: What is an egwugwu?  4: What does Achebe say about the domain of the living and the domain of the dead?  5: What is the relationship between the domains of the living and the dead in our society?  6: What was the death ritual and what, surprisingly, happened during it?  7: Why did Okonkwo have to go into exile? What kind of "crime" did he commit?  8: What kind of man was Okonkwo's friend Obierika?  

Chapter 14 1: How did Okonkwo's kinsmen on his mother's side receive him?  2: Who is Uchendu?  3: What had been Okonkwo's greatest passion? What does it say about his chi?  4: Why is one of the commonest names for children is Nneka?  

Chapter 15  1: What happened at the village of Abame?  2: What did the Oracle tell them to do? To what is the white man compared?  3: What was the result of the actions taken by those of Abame?  

Chapter 16  1: What happened when the missionaries came to Umuofia? Who were the early converts?  2: Who are the efulefu?  3: Who was among the converts? Why did he convert?  4: How did community of Mbanta react to the missionaries?  5: What kind of gods did the clan worship according to the evangelists? Do you agree?  

Chapter 17  1: What is the "evil forest"? What land was given to the missionaries for their church and why?  2: How did Okonkwo react to the news that is eldest son was a convert? What happened as a result?  3: How did Okonkwo's reaction affect his relationship to his son?  

Chapter 18  1: What else did the missionaries bring along with religion?  2: What is an osu?  3: Were the effects of the missionaries totally negative?      If not, in what way could they be viewed as positive?  4: How did the people of Mbanta choose to deal with the Christians and their converts?  5: What did Okonkwo think they should do?  

Chapter 19  1: Why did Okonkwo regret his exile? What does this tell us about his character?  2: What did he name the children born to him in exile?  3: How did Okonkwo show his appreciation to his mother's clan?  4: What else does this episode tell us about his character?  5: What is the role of the yam in the life of the community?  6: Why did the stories in the first book vanish?  Is there any change in tone from One to Book Two?  7: Why do the umunna fear for the younger generation?  8: What are the advantages of a people that speak with one voice? What are its disadvantages?  

Chapter 20  1: What had Okonkwo lost during his seven years in exile? Why would these things be important to him?  2: How did he plan to regain his previous status?  3: What is the ozo society?  4: How had Umuofia changed in the intervening five years?  5: Aside from religion, what other institutions did the white man bring?  6: What does the white man think of their customs according to Obierika?   

Chapter 21  1: Did the other villagers feel as strongly as Okonkwo about the new religion?  2: Who is Mr. Brown and how did he treat the villagers? Write down specific characteristics.  3: For what did Okonkwo mourn and why?  

Chapter 22 1: Who is Mr. Smith and how did he differ from Mr. Brown?  2: How does Achebe characterize the whites in the novel? Do they seem to be fully developed characters?  3: "Mr. Smith danced a furious step and the drums went mad." What does this saying mean?  4: What did Enoch, one of the converts, do during the festival of the earth goddess?  5: Which community, the Ibo or the white man, showed more tolerance and why?  

Chapter 23  1: Why is Okonkwo happy at the beginning of this chapter?  2: What happened when a delegation of six went to the District Commissioner?  3: How were Okonkwo and his fellow villagers treated?  4: What do the British assume about how Ibo society works?  

Chapter 24 1: When Okonkwo returned to his village, what did he do?  2: How does Okonkwo define a coward?  3: What did Okonkwo do when officials from the DC approached the assembly of the villagers?  4: What did Okonkwo discover afterwards? How did the villagers react to his response?  

Chapter 25 Why did Okonkwo commit suicide?  1: Why can't Okonkwo's best friend, or any of the other villagers, cut him down and bury him?  2: How does this show the limitations of tradition?  3: What is ironic about the title of the DC's proposed book?  What role will Okonkwo's death play in it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

homework 6/14

Things Fall Apart ch. 16+17

The ROAR post, last one of the year, is postponed until Monday @2pm

Monday, June 13, 2011

Homework 6/13

Things Fall Apart ch. 14+15

ROAR 2nd post due on Wednesday

BPS ELA Final Exam tomorrow! Meet at the Timothy Smith Computer Lab; bring your text books.

Our Final: 6/16 (common assessment on literary terms) 6/20 (Things Fall Apart, Power Plus Vocab)

Practice Multiple Choice Answers
1: c
2: c
3: a
4: c
5: b
6: b
7: a
8: d
9: b
10: b
11: a
12: c
13: a

1: a
2: b
3: d
4: d
5: c
6: a
7: d
8: b
9: c
10: a

1: c
2: d
3: a
4: b
5: d
6: b
7: c
8: a
9: d
10: d
11: c
12: d
13: c
14: b

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Homework 6/7

Things Fall Apart ch. 7+8

Vocab Quiz #18 on Friday

Keep on ROAR reading :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Homework 6/6

Things Fall Apart ch. 5+6

Vocab Quiz #18 on Friday

ROAR post #2 aka "the final ROAR post" on 6/15

Friday, June 3, 2011

Homework 6/3

Things Fall Apart ch. 3+4

Read that ROAR novella. It's short.

Here's the 826 official e-mail about our June 8th event: click here!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homework 6/2

Things Fall Apart ch.2
-come ready with some questions

Vocab quiz lesson #17

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Homework 6/1

Vocab quiz #17 on Friday!

ROAR reading

begin your revisions on the Huck Finn essay