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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 a crime problem in the city now, much feared by Elewa?

2. In Chapter 3, who does Ikem say must be overthrown?

3. Who is Mad Medico?

4. What is the SRC?

5. What does Chris's girlfriend study at the university?

Short Essay Questions

1. What message about women is portrayed in the African folk tale about why the sky is far away from the earth?

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

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. Describe the case of Mad Medico and Dr. Ofe. Why does the President's response to the crisis give Ikem hope?

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

7. Describe the American reporter's manner at the party. Why does Beatrice dislike her?

8. Why, according to Chris, does the President begin to distance himself from Ikem and Chris?

9. What is meant by the "Desdemona complex," and how does it apply to the President's behavior at the party?

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

Essay 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 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

Write an essay about the use of West African Pidgin dialect in the dialogue.

1) Who uses the dialect? Why do some characters use it all the time while others switch back and forth?

2) What attitude is shown toward the dialect by various characters? For instance, consider how Ikem talks "deliberately over the head" of Elewa, and how Emmanuel speaks Pidgin to Adamma on the bus.

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