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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The fight between the President and the people of Abazon is likened to the struggle between which two animals?

2. What happens when Ikem goes to complain about the police constable's conduct?

3. Who does the President send to officially welcome the Abazon delegation?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 6, who invites Beatrice to a private dinner?

5. To whom does the Attorney-General compare the President during their conversation near the end of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to the Attorney-General, might Christopher Oriko pose a threat? Does the Attorney-General seem trustworthy?

2. The Abazon elder asks what is most important in a war--the battle-drum, the waging of the war, or the story afterwards. Tell which he thinks is most important, and why. What is the point of his analogy?

3. What does Ikem mean when he says it is a writer's job to give headaches and not prescriptions? Do you agree with this statement?

4. Who is Idemili and what does the folk tale about her convey about female power?

5. Explain the purpose of Mad Medico's graffiti.

6. How does the National Gazette distort Ikem's words to make him seem guilty? What lies are told about his death?

7. Describe the male chauvinism in Beatrice's childhood home.

8. Describe the case of Mad Medico and Dr. Ofe. Why does the President's response to the crisis give Ikem hope?

9. What is happening outside the Presidential Palace in Chapter 1?

10. To whom are storytellers a threat, according to Ikem?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of hope for Africa's future expressed in the novel Anthills of the Savannah.

1) What is the significance of the name of Elewa's baby?

2) How is it significant that the baby was named by a group of people from different backgrounds, classes, and faiths--military, worker, academic, market-girl, Muslim, Christian, etc.?

Essay Topic 2

Chris and Ikem are former schoolmates who end up in high positions in the government, but handle their responsibility in different ways.

1) Compare and contrast Chris and Ikem. How are they different in terms of personality, motivation, and in the way they react to the growing power of their friend the President?

2) Which character do you think has more integrity? Which character is wiser or more practical?

Essay Topic 3

The President, Sam, is not presented as a one-dimensional tyrant. Rather, he is a complex character with many positive and negative qualities. Write an essay exploring the development of this complex character.

1) What picture do we get of the President in Chapter 1? What are the negative traits of the President? What does Chris admit is a positive trait?

2) What insight do we gain about the President from his point of view in Chapter 2?

3) What is Sam like as a younger man, according to Mad Medico?

4) How, according to Ikem, does Sam change after coming to power? In what sense is he like an actor playing a part?

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