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Imperialism – Indian Curry in Britain.

Things Fall Apart: Imperialism

Nonfiction Reading Assignment
Summative Task: Criterion C (English) Criterion C (Humanities)

Task: Select a piece of non-fiction related (in some way) to our class text, Things Fall Apart and/or imperialism, and complete the following requirements.  A text could be a book, news article, documentary, report, song, etc.   If you’re not sure, ask Mr. Johnson, and he’ll help you.

Presentation: You will be required to deliver a 2:00-2:30 minute presentation (only speaking) to your classmates to include the following information.  No notes or speaking aid will be allowed.  Please complete this assignment by addressing the following points below.

MLA Bibliographic Citation: Please provide a full MLA citation for your text.

Vocabulary: Identify at least three vocabulary words you either don’t know, or don’t have a strong understanding of. Please list at least them with their definitions.

Interpretation: What was the main idea of the text you chose?  In other words, what point did the author want you to understand?

Critical Analysis:

Did you agree with the contents of the text?  Why, or why not?  Was it biased in any way?  What the information fairly presented?

V. Text Connection:

How does article connect with Things Fall Apart?  What about Humanities?

Nonfiction Reading Assignment


Humanities and English 8

Name: Rachael 

Please provide an MLA Citation of the Text:

Hindely, Mathew. “65-de | Teatime Magazine.” Teatime Magazine 65de Comments. Teatime Mag, n.d. Web. 12 May 2014. <http://www.teatime-mag.com/magazines/65-de/>.


  • Indian Mariah’s.
  • Hindustani.
  • Foray.


The main idea of the text, I chose, was curry. The article was about how Indian curry had become the national dish of Britain. The main point that the author wanted us to understand was; when the British went to India to colonise it, the foods from India such as curry came to Britain.

When the British were in India they had an impact on what was being sent home to Britain and what was being stacked on the shelves in the shops. The author wanted to show, how and why; curry had become a national dish of Britain. The author also pointed out that when the British were in India, they brought tea with them. The Indian people who would have barely had a sip of tea in their lives, turned into avid tea drinker because of the British.

Critical Analysis:

I think that the article was slightly biased because it was written from a British persons point of view. They implied that the British being in India was a good thing; meanwhile it was not such a good thing for the Indians. I think that the article would have been written very differently from an Indians point of view.

I agree with the text because I think that if the British hadn’t invaded India, then Curry would defiantly no be one of the NATIONAL dishes of England, yes it may have been popular, but I doubt it would be the NATIONAL dish.

I think that the information was fairly presented because, it was all factual and relevant to the topic being discussed.

V. Text Connection:

This text connects with Imperialism because if the British had not gone to India, the Indian people would NOT be avid tea drinkers today because the British would never have introduced tea to them.

If the British had never invaded India, curry would not be nearly as popular in England today because the British would not have been introduced to curry. Actually if Vasco de Gama wasn’t around, trading with India and Britain wouldn’t have flourished and therefore the British wouldn’t have had curry either because of limited trading, the curry wouldn’t get back to England’s.

So basically, Indian Curry, The British National dish, connects with imperialism because without the British imperializing India, and the Portuguese starting the trading between England and India, curry would have never made it to Britain, or at least at a much later stage.



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