Learn English with Literature | Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe’s debut novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1948, was one of the most important pieces of literature to come out of Nigeria—and Africa—in the 20th century. The book tells the story of Okonkwo, an ambitious Igbo tribesman famous for his wrestling abilities. Though initially victorious and successful in his pursuits, Okonkwo is beset by various troubles and difficulties. In particular, his life—and the life of the Igbo community as a whole—is turned upside down by the arrival of European colonial settlers.

The book is a staple in African literature courses the world over. Achebe himself has become synonymous with African liberation and decolonisation. Though Achebe was influenced by Western culture and chose to write his first novel in English, he refused to adopt an English name (a common practice in Nigeria during his lifetime) and instead retained his Igbo name.

Below, you’ll read the opening passages of the book. Some words have been left out. First, you’ll fill in the blanks by choosing the option you think makes the most sense. Then, in the next exercise, you’ll strengthen your vocabulary by confirming the meaning of some of the most challenging words from the excerpt and from this introduction. Enjoy!

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Fill In The Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 1

Match the word with its synonym.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 2

Match the word with its synonym.

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Learn English With Literature | George Orwell

George Orwell, 1984

In the dismal aftermath of World War Two, in 1949, British writer and journalist George Orwell penned what is possibly the most famous dystopian novel of all time: 1984. The story takes place in an imagined future, where Britain is a totalitarian superstate called Oceania, and its people are ruled by intense government surveillance, censorship, and control.

Revolutionary in its use of language, and terrifying accurate in its depictions of society, the novel has haunted, inspired, and educated many a generation of readers. It remains highly relevant today.

Below, you’ll read the opening passages of the book. Some words have been left out. First, you’ll fill in the blanks by choosing the option you think makes the most sense. Then, in the next exercise, you’ll strengthen your vocabulary by confirming the meaning of some of the most challenging words from the excerpt and from this introduction. Enjoy!

Orwell 1984 | Fill In The Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Orwell 1984 | Definition Match 1

Match the word with its synonym.

Orwell 1984 | Definition Match 2

Match the word with its synonym.

 

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Abbreviations

Hello and welcome to our blog! This is where Scrambled Eggs Scuola di Inglese posts news articles, videos, vocabulary lists, grammar exercises and cultural blogs to help you continue to develop your English language abilities. Only grammar or only vocabulary or only writing is not enough – you need a wide variety of exercises and activities to develop a well-rounded English ability. We hope you enjoy the quiz below about Abbreviations and be sure to let us know if you have any questions about it!

Do you know these common abbreviations? Many of them are used in informal writing or emails, but some also when speaking. Match the abbreviations to their meaning and then try the quiz below to test them out!

Quiz 1

Match the abbreviations to their meaning and then try the quiz below to test them out!

Try this quiz to test your abbreviations knowledge!

ASAP – RSVP – AKA – WFH – FYI – N/A – HQ – TBD – BYOB – DIY

Quiz 2

Choose the correct acronym from the list above to complete the sentences.

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