Things Fall Apart Assignment

UPDATE: FRI, 2/19 | The reading schedule has been adjusted. Note changes below.

M: 2/22 T, 2/23 Chapters 17 – 19
T: 2/23 TH, 2/24 Chapters 20 – 22
W: 2/24 F, 2/25 Chapters 23 – 25

Don’t forget that you should submitting one question from your homework every night. That means that by Tuesday, you should have submitted six questions online. We will be using these questions next week and after we finish the book for review.

NOTE: Because of the ADL presentations on Monday, the vocab quiz is postponed until Tuesday.


UPDATE: WED, 2/10 | Because of my absence today, Chapters 5-7 are due Friday, 2/12 (not Thursday, 2/10, as originally planned). The rest of the schedule remains intact unless otherwise noted later.


As we read Things Fall Apart, consult your reading schedule and assignment guide (distributed in class). A sample assignment is included; follow the format indicated.

Each night, read 3-4 chapters; then respond to the reading in two ways.

First, you’ll identify and type three significant quotations from the reading. Don’t forget to include the appropriate context and intro clause.

Second, you’ll construct three questions about your reading—a literal question, an inferential question, and a critical question—and then answer the questions in complete sentences.

Third, when you’re finished, submit one of your questions online here. We will use these questions as the basis for discussion during class (questions must be submitted before class begins to receive credit).

Remember QQS: Find three quotations, ask/answer three questionssubmit one question.

LITERAL (text-based question)

  • Answers can be found in the text; verifiable
  • Questions answer who, where, what, how, and when
  • Takes the reader into the text
  • Tip: Don’t ask about any fact; be sure it’s a significant fact.
  • Example: Whom does Romeo kill? Where does George tell Lenny to go if he gets in trouble again?

INFERENTIAL (text-based question)

  • Answers found in the text, based on details and examples from multiple places throughout the text
  • Questions answer why, how, and so what
  • Takes the reader through the text, to evaluate and draw conclusions based on the text and read in between the lines
  • Tip: While the answer to a factual question can be found in one place in the text, the answer to an inductive question can be found by looking at multiple places in the text.
  • Example: Why does George continue to care for Lenny after all the trouble he causes? Why does Jack care so much about hunting? What does Don John mean when he says that he is “plain dealing villain”?

CRITICAL (Text, Text-Reader, Text-World, Reader-Text-World questions)

  • Answers found in the text but also makes connections to the reader and world
  • Questions answer how are these similar, different, or related?
  • Can take the reader beyond the text, to analyze the text against other ideas, events, situations, literature
  • Tip: The answers to these questions require you to bring in your own knowledge or experience to the text; think about how the novel reflects “bigger” issues or universal concerns.
  • Example: Evaluate the actions that lead to Ralph’s near downfall on island. – Notice that this is only a text-question but it goes deeper than inferential because you are required to bring additional judgement. How does Lord of the Flies reflect the horrors experienced during WWII?  What does Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship tell us about relationships during Shakespeare’s time? How is Jack’s leadership style reflected in history and today’s society?

And don’t forget: SUBMIT ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS ONLINE HERE. You do NOT need to post the answer to the question online.