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. According to the African legend recounted by Ikem, what is once true about the Sky?

2. What does the President say is true of all African chiefs?

3. What does Sam originally want to become, before he is steered into a military career?

4. Which of the following are mentioned in Ikem's hymn as dying off and leaving no void?

5. What is Sam's great talent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ikem's attitude toward women, according to Chris?

2. In what ways is the naming ceremony untraditional?

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

4. Describe the relationship between the President and his ministers of government, as revealed in Chapter 1.

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

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

7. Describe Professor Okong.

8. Why is Mad Medico deported?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ikem says that "Writers don't give prescriptions, they give headaches."

1) Discuss what he means by this statement and tell whether you agree. Should writers provide solutions to the social problems they see, or is it their duty to simply bring these problems to light?

2) How does Ikem create "headaches" throughout the novel?

3) Do Ikem's headaches ever lead to solutions? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay exploring the relationship between the classes as portrayed in Anthills of the Savannah. In your essay, analyze the interactions of the "elite" educated characters with the lower-class, uneducated ones.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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