Things Fall Apart: Chapter 17

Do the missionaries intend on leaving? No
What do the missionaries ask the Mbanta rulers for? Land to build a church
What land is given to the missionaries?Explain the significance. Uchendu agrees, but gives them a section of the Evil Forest. No one in town wants the missionaries to stay, and they assume that any person with any intelligence wouldn’t live in the Evil Forest.
What does Uchendo say about the missionaries? Uchendu says, the missionaries “boast about victory over death. Let us give them a real battlefield on which to show their victory.”
Explain the reactions of the missionaries upon receiving the land? The missionaries are so happy to have the land that they start singing. That wasn’t quite the reaction the men of Mbanta were expecting.
What do the villages expect will happen to the missionaries? The villagers expect the missionaries, who are busy clearing forest land for their church, to die quickly. But they don’t.
What is the reasoning behind the missionaries’ survival? The explanation for the missionaries’ success in the Evil Forest is that the white man with them can see the evil spirits through his glasses and communicate with them.
How many converts are there at first? 3
What does Nwoye do during the first few weeks? Why doesn’t he go to the church? Nwoye shadows the missionaries and lingers outside their church, but can’t muster the courage to enter because of fear of his father.
Who is the missionaries’ interpreter?What does he become? The white missionary’s interpreter, Mr. Kiaga, has become the head of the new Mbanta church because the white man set up headquarters in Umuofia.
What does Mr. Kiaga invite the villagers to do? Mr. Kiaga invites everyone in the village to come worship at the church every Sunday.
Why do the Gods allow the missionaries to survive? The gods sometimes let men do as they like to see if the humans will continue to defy them. However, the gods always exact revenge within 28 days.
What happens as the 28th day approaches? The 28th day is fast approaching and the villagers eagerly watch and wait. Some converts even temporarily un-convert.
What happens on the 28th day?Name one of the converts. The 28th day arrives and Mr. Kiaga and the church are doing fine. They even win some more converts, including a pregnant woman named Nneka.
Describe Nneka. Nneka had previously given birth to four sets of twins, all of which were abandoned to the Evil Forest.
What does Okonkwo hear about Nwoye?How does he react? Nwoye has been hanging around the Christians and the news enrages him.When Nwoye comes home, Okonkwo grabs the young man by the throat and angrily asks him where he’s been.
What happens when Nwoye does not answer? Nwoye doesn’t answer and Okonkwo starts beating him with a stick and threatening to kill him.
What does Nwoye decide to do? Nwoye wisely leaves. He heads straight to the church and Mr. Kiaga to tell the church leader that he’s moving to Umuofia and join the white missionary’s school where he will learn to read and write.
What does Nwoye vow to do? He vows to return to convert his mother and siblings
Describe how Okonkwo reacts. Okonkwo is enraged and greatly troubled by Nwoye’s betrayal. He tries to calm himself by telling himself that Nwoye isn’t worth fighting for.
What does Okonkwo blame for his bad fortune? Okonkwo blames his bad fortune – his exile and worthless son – on his chi or personal god.
Why is Okonkwo so angry with Nwoye? Part of the reason Okonkwo is so angry about Nwoye’s new religion is that he considers Christianity weak and effeminate, and we know how important manliness is to Okonkwo.Okonkwo sees his father in Nwoye and can’t believe that he could father a son who’s so much like “a woman.”
What does Okonkwo realize at the end of the chapter? “Living fire begets cold, impotent ash”

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