Category Archives: Assignments

TFA – ch. 8-12

  • How does Achebe further develop the character of Okonkwo in these chapters?
  • How are the relationships between men and women portrayed in these chapters? Does this conflict with earlier representations in the novel?
  • What aspects of marriage are highlighted in this section of the novel? Do you agree or disagree with the way marriages are formed in this society? Give specific details from the text to support your opinion

TFA – ch. 4-7

  • Using specific details from the text, explain how Achebe displays the role of women in Ibo society.
  • Explain how Achebe develops Okonkwo’s character in these chapters. What motivates this character? What causes both external and internal conflicts for Okonkwo? How does Okonkwo deal with these conflicts?
  • How are the relationships of parents and children developed in these chapters? This is a key theme of the entire work so keep an eye out during the remainder of the novel.

TFA – ch. 1-3

  • Focus on the development of Okonkwo’s character and how he fits into his society.
  • Highlight the interactions between Okonkwo and his father.
  • How are they similar? Different? What might cause these differences?


Source: Karl Martens

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)

  • Read the poem, then:
  • Identify the theme of the poem. Be sure to give specific details from the text to support your thoughts.
  • Looking at the first stanza, who/what might the falcon and the falconer represent?
  • Why would “anarchy be loosed on the world”?
  • How do you interpret the last two lines of the first stanza? How does your knowledge that this poem was written at the end of World War I influence your reading of the poem? Could this poem be applied to your lifetime? Explain why/why not using specific examples from your knowledge of your community/country/world today.


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This cartoon was published in response to Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden” (1899)

Thoughts to consider for a response (apply post-colonialism to this!):

  • What is the cartoon about? What groups are represented? How are they portrayed (give specific details to support your thoughts)?
  • Who is given privilege? Who are the others? Give details to support your thoughts.
  • Is there any way we can privilege the “other” groups? What does this do to your understanding of the cartoon? Explain a deeper understanding/new understanding of the cartoon in light of our discussion.



Things Fall Apart – Day 3

  • What is post-colonialism?
  • What are the major traits of this theory?
  • Why is the concept of power important to the theory of post-colonialism?

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Things Fall Apart – Day 2

Read and discuss the National Geographic article “Fighting for the Survival of Uncontacted Tribes”

  • What two points of view are presented in this text?
  • What point of view does the author side with? Give specific examples from the text to explain how you know this.
  • Which point of view do you side with? Give reasoning to support your opinion

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Things Fall Apart – day 1



Were Tocqueville’s predictions about the future of the American Indian correct? Find details from the text AND your knowledge of American history to support your opinions.

BNW Non-fiction assignment

Each of you will read and share at least one non-fiction piece (news article, story published in an online magazine – NOT simply information) with some connection to Brave New World. You must post a link to the article here as a “comment” (click on “Leave a comment” above), along with your name. Whether you are logged in or not, be sure your name accompanies your comment.

Once you have posted, be patient. I must approve it before it appears on the site.

For your final presentation assignment, present your article to the class with the following information:

  1. Explain the connection to Brave New World.
  2. Give a short summary of the piece (article, essay, etc.) you read.
  3. Did you encounter any vocabulary words which were new or difficult?
  4. What was the main point the author wanted you to get from reading his/her work?
  5. With which points of the piece did you agree or find easy to accept? Why?
  6. With which points of the piece did you disagree or find difficult to believe? Why?
  7. What did you think of this piece? OR How did this piece influence your ideas?
  8. Comment on the responses posted by your peers.

Some suggested topics:

  • “test tube” babies
  • Technological advancements
  • New products
  • Birth and death
  • Stress or other “human” phenomena
  • People “locked away” or separated from society
  • Use/abuse of drugs, effects on society
  • The “War on Drugs
  • Articles on social classes in our society
  • Articles about education in our society

Wordly Wise!

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Book 12 lesson 13

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