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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. Who disapproves of Beatrice's being physically intimate with Chris while the two are not married?

2. What does Ikem think of the President, Sam?

3. What, according to Ikem, is the enemy of art?

4. What is the position held by Christopher Oriko?

5. What is one of Beatrice's nicknames?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Beatrice's religious attitudes with those of her maid, Agatha.

2. 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?

3. In what ways is the naming ceremony untraditional?

4. What does their stay at Braimoh's house teach Chris and Beatrice about the way the poor live?

5. Chris urges Ikem to "lie low." If you were Ikem, what would you do?

6. Why is Elewa angry with Ikem? Do you think she has a right to be angry?

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

8. How, according to Ikem, do working-class people expect their leaders to live?

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

10. Why, according to Chris, is it so difficult to resolve the conflicts between Ikem and himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

According to The New York Review of Books, the novel Anthills of the Savannah "has wonderful satiric moments and resounds with big African laughter." Write an essay discussing the humor in the novel.

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