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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 must appeal to Idemili?

2. What is the meaning of the word nneka?

3. How does the Attorney-General describe himself to the President?

4. Who is Idemili?

5. What does Chris say the modern leaders of Africa must be like in order to build up their nations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do most well-off city dwellers from Bassa never travel to the north of the country by bus?

2. Explain what happens in the parking lot after Ikem meets with the Abazon delegation. What does this incident seem to foreshadow?

3. What is the subject of Ikem's editorial "Hymn to the Sun"? What point is he trying to make with it?

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

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

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

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

8. Interpret Chris's dying words, "the last green."

9. How is Beatrice portrayed in the media? How does she think of herself?

10. Why does Ikem feel exhilarated after his meeting with the taxi drivers?

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

Discuss the idea of storytelling as a powerful tool.

1) Why, according to the Abazon elder, is the story of the battle more important than the battle itself?

2) Why, according to Ikem, are storytellers the enemies of tyrants?

3) How do Ikem's stories threaten the President? What change is he able to effect through them?

Essay Topic 3

Anthills of the Savannah has something in common with a traditional tragedy, in which pride brings about the downfall of a tragic hero. Write an essay examining Ikem, Sam, and Chris as tragic heroes who bring about their own downfall.

1) What does each man do that shows he is prideful or obstinate?

2) At what point could any of the three men have acted differently or made better choices to avoid their ultimate downfall?

3) Reflect on the inscription "Ife onye metalu" or ("What a man commits...") which is painted on the bus Chris escapes on. What significance does Chris see in this quote?

4) Consider Chris's choice of nominating Okong, a man he knew to be unscrupulous, as a minister in Sam's government. To what extent does this implicate Chris in the injustice of Sam's rule?

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