Unit 4

Dr. Diane Thompson, NVCC, ELI

Do not start work on Unit 4 until you have completed Unit 3 including Exam 2. If you post Unit 4 work before completing Exam 2, you will have to repost it after I have received your Exam 2.


1 Read Things Fall Apart Study Guide or watch Things Fall Apart Video (directions on course home page); I also recommend watching the Annenberg video on Things Fall Apart (directions on course home page).
2 Read Things Fall Apart
3 Select, prepare and post Activity 9
4 Select and read the material for your Free choice Activity
5 Prepare and post Activity 10
6 Prepare and take Exam 3

Interesting Optional WWW Sites for Unit 4


In this Unit, you will look at the stresses on individuals, some in a single culture, some in a Global Context. You will study Achebe's Things Fall Apart and a literary choice of your own. I am gathering web sites that might stimulate your interest in various readings, ranging from Dovstoevsky to the Latin American magical realists, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Many of the texts are in your book; some that I list may require buying or borrowing a paperback (such as Roy's God of Small Things). I am beginning to compile a list of suggested questions for the final optional reading, and as you develop good ones, I'll add those to the list. At the end of this Unit, you will take your final exam. It will ask you to compare/contrast an interesting theme or group of characters from at least three texts and periods, including at least one choice from Unit 4.

TASK 1. Read the Things Fall Apart Study Guide or watch the Things Fall Apart Video (directions on course home page), which will give you background information on Chinua Achebe, the Igbo in Nigeria, and colonialism. I also suggest watching the delightful Annenberg video on Things Fall Apart (directions on course home page).

TASK 2. Read Things Fall Apart (Volume F, 2855-2947).

TASK 3. Read through all the Things Fall Apart Activities. Then, select one of these questions to answer for Activity 9, and post it to the Blackboard Activity 9: Things Fall Apart Forum. Worth up to 50 points.

TASK 4. A free choice Activity. You may select an Activity from any group in the course, or select an Activity from the Free Choice Activities List, or select a reading of your own choice, make up an interesting question, and answer it. If you make up your own question, please send it to me for approval before you work on it. If you wish, explore some of the web sites I've listed for Unit 4, and see if any of these stimulate your interest. You should begin to think about Exam 3 at this point and select a reading that would fit nicely into your Exam 3 essay.

TASK 5. Post your Activity 10 to the Blackboard Activity 10: Free Choice Forum. However, your choice must fit into the time frame covered by this course.  I will be adding links to various readings and resources for this task on the Course Contents Page. Most of these links will be about authors in your textbook, rather than the literature itself. This is because few 20th century works of literature are out of copyright, so they cannot yet be published on the WWW. Be sure, in any case, to indicate that this is your Activity 10. Worth up to 50 points.

TASK 6. Prepare and take Exam 3. Worth up to 200 points.

You will write Exam 3 in an NVCC Testing Center. Be sure to take the
Exam Pass and a photo ID with you. Call the Testing Center first to make sure it will be open long enough for you to complete the exam.

If it is not possible for you to get to an NVCC Testing Center, you may arrange for a proctor at another location. If you need a proctor, go to the ELI Policies and Procedures Screen. Select the link for Examination Proctors, from the Table of Contents, for information on how to arrange for a proctor.

Please take a few minutes, either before or after your final exam, to answer a short online survey about your experience in this course. The Course Evaluation Button is on the Blackboard Menu. Your answers are anonymous, but they do help us to improve the course. 

Congratulations! You have completed the course. I hope you found it interesting and enjoyable.

(c) Diane Thompson: 2/26/1999; updated: 03/02/2011