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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 is apparently the main reason the President refuses to visit Abazon?

2. In their conversation near the end of Chapter 8, what does Beatrice urge Chris to do?

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

4. What weapon does the SRC director, Johnson Ossai, use to torture his victims during interrogations?

5. In Chapter 4, the reader first learns the name of the fictional African country in which this novel is set. What is it?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Whom does Okong warn the President about?

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

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

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

6. Why is Mad Medico deported?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Beatrice and Elewa are the two major female characters in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) Compare and contrast Beatrice and Elewa. How are they similar and different?

2) Is one of the women stronger than the other, or do they both have unique strengths?

3) Both women argue with Ikem over his treatment of women. Describe their arguments with Ikem. Which woman is better able to influence him?

4) How do these two women from very different backgrounds grow to become close friends?

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