The X-Kit Achieve! Literature series offers a unique series of visually attractive, high-quality exam preparation tools. The series has been written by top South African educationalists. The books cover all the knowledge and skills tested in the final English Home Language and First Additional Language literature exams for the FET phase. Plot, theme, character, style, symbolism and imagery are all discussed in detail, and thoroughly taught and tested. Study and exam preparation techniques are covered and exam questions provided. Answers are also provided for all the questions to allow learners to monitor their own understanding. This study guide aims to provide you with sufficient support for doing really well in your Grade 11 English examination. This study guide will provide: • All the background information needed for a full understanding of Things fall apart; • Summaries, including a précis of the whole novel, plus details of chapters; • Important quotes for use in exams; • An analysis of the novel that will help you understand the plot and develop insight and appreciation; • Pointers about the characters for quick and easy revision; • A summary of the key themes; • Comprehensive exam preparation assistance, including test-yourself questions, sample contextual questions and essay questions, and full answers; and • A glossary explaining terminology. About the writer, Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930 and died in 2013. He wrote poetry, short stories, essays and novels, of which Things Fall Apart– published in 1958 – is considered his masterpiece. He received numerous awards and honorary doctorates, and is possibly the best-known and most influential writer of fiction to have emerged from Africa. His greatest legacy is the way in which he revealed the complexity of traditional African culture to modern African people and to his non-African readers around the world. In November 2006, Achebe was recognised for his achievements in the business and culture section of the Time magazine edition 60 Years of Heroes. Things Fall Apart has been translated into forty-five languages and is still read all over the world. Achebe recreates the late nineteenth-century world of an Igbo tribe (known in English as the Ibo), with its rich heritage of customs and beliefs, and examines the impact of the first white missionaries on the indigenous people of north-eastern Nigeria. Our knowledge of the world of the Ibo at this point in history gradually increases as the story unfolds. This understanding enables us to appreciate the main theme: the impact on the lives of the Ibo caused by the arrival of Christian missionaries and the subsequent establishment of British authority in Nigeria. This eBook is in ePDF format, which enables you to: • View the entire book offline on desktop or tablet; • Search for and highlight text; and • Add and edit personal notes directly in your eBook.