Things Fall Apart: Chapter 7

How long does Ikemefuna stay with Okonkwo’s family? 3 years
What effect does Ikemefuna have on Nwoye? He seems to have “kindled a new fire” in Nwoye, who, much to Okonkwo’s pleasure, becomes more masculine in his attitude
What does Okonkwo invite the two boys to do? He frequently invites the two into his obi to listen to violent, masculine stories
Nwoye does this to please his father despite his true feelings. Although Nwoye misses his mother’s stories, he knows that he pleases his father when he expresses disdain for women and their concerns
What event surprises the villagers? locusts descend upon Umuofia
How often do the locusts come? They come once in a generation and will return every year for seven years before disappearing for another lifetime
Why do the villagers collect the locusts? The village excitedly collects them because they are good to eat when cooked
Who comes to visit Okonkwo? Ogbuefi Ezeudu
What news does he bring for Okonkwo? he informs Okonkwo in private that the Oracle has decreed that Ikemefuna must be killed
What suggestion does he give Okonkwo? Why? He tells Okonkwo not to take part in the boy’s death, as Ikemefuna calls him “father.”
What lie does Okonkwo tell Ikemefuna? Okonkwo lies to Ikemefuna, telling him that he will be returning to his home village
How does Nwoye react? Nwoye bursts into tears
What thoughts come to Ikemefuna as he walks home? During the long walk home with the men of Umuofia, Ikemefuna thinks about seeing his mother
What happens to Ikemefuna after hours of walking? a man attacks him with a machete; Ikemefuna cries to Okonkwo for help
What does Okonkwo do? Why? Okonkwo doesn’t wish to look weak, so he cuts the boy down
What happens when Okonkwo arrives at home? When Okonkwo returns home, Nwoye intuits that his friend is dead
What happens to him? Something breaks inside him for the second time in his life; the first time was when he heard an infant crying in the Evil Forest, where newborn twins are left to die

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