Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Chapter 24 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why are the women and children afraid to welcome the leaders home?

2. What are the long stripes on Okonkwo’s back?

3. Why does Okonkwo have trouble sleeping that night?

4. Why does Okonkwo refer to the war with Isike saying, “Those were days when men were men”? (p. 141)

5. What does Okonkwo mean when he says he would show Egonwanne his back and his head if he talks about a war of blame?

6. Why does Okonkwo grind his teeth?

7. What does Okika mean when he says, “Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then know that something is after its life”? (p. 143)

8. Okika says Eneke the bird was asked why he is always flying. He replied “Men have learnt to shoot without missing their mark and I have learnt to fly without perching on a twig.” (p. 144) What is the meaning of the proverb, and how does it apply to the novel?

9. Why does Okonkwo decapitate the court messenger?

10. Why don’t the people of Umuofia support Okonkwo and capture the other four messengers?

1. The leaders walk silently with heavy and fearsome looks on their faces.


(The entire section is 388 words.)