Anthills of the Savannah Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What have the Abazonians heard about Ikem?

2. What is the job of Mad Medico's English friend, Dick?

3. What is the crime of Dr. Ofe, the target of another of Ikem's editorial crusades?

4. What is apparently the main reason the President refuses to visit Abazon?

5. Who is Ikem Osodi?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ikem's opinion of labor leaders?

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

3. What meaning does Chris find in the inscription "What a man commits," which is painted on the back of the bus?

4. Why does Agatha refuse to serve Elewa? What does the incident suggest about class differences in their society?

5. Explain what the President wants Okong to do about the demonstration. Why won't he meet with the delegation himself?

6. According to Chris, why does Ikem resent him so much?

7. 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?

8. Explain how the President came to power and why he needed Christopher Oriko's help.

9. Who calls Beatrice with an anonymous tip about Chris, and what is the apparent purpose of the calls?

10. Why is Beatrice angry with Chris? Does she have a right to be angry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A theme in the novel is the conflict between modern and traditional African cultures. Explore this conflict or dichotomy, considering the following questions:

1) How is modern culture contrasted with the traditional one in Chapter 3 as we go from a scene in traffic to a very mythical story of "Hymn to the Sun"?

2) Beatrice does not know much about traditional culture and is ignorant of myths such as the rather feminist story of Idemili. Why is this a bad thing?

3) What wisdom is possessed by the Abazon elders and how is this contrasted with the wisdom, or lack thereof, in the university group Ikem speaks to?

4) In what sense does Beatrice seem to have two people inside her--the prophetess and the modern, educated woman?

5) How do traditional and modern clash in the baby-naming ceremony in Chapter 18, and how is the conflict resolved?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the "Desdemona complex."

1) Who suffers from the Desdemona complex?

2) Is the complex just about sex, or is it about the allure of the "Other" in all of its aspects? Explain.

3) What does the Desdemona complex suggest about the state of African identity in post colonial times?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of religion in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) Which religions are represented in the novel?

2) Compare and contrast the attitudes of Beatrice and Agatha toward their religions.

3) Nigeria is a country with three main religions: Christianity, Islam, and traditional animism. How is this religious diversity represented in the novel, particularly in the naming ceremony in Chapter 18?

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