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. In the hymn composed by Ikem, who is found dead in the marketplace?

2. What is the job of Mad Medico's English friend, Dick?

3. What is Beatrice's job?

4. Which American poet does Ikem quote when he says, "Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes"?

5. What does Lou Cranford say the President should do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the story of the leopard and the tortoise. Why does the Abazon elder tell this story?

2. Describe Mad Medico's relationship to the President and his attitude toward him.

3. Whom does Okong warn the President about?

4. Why is Beatrice angry with Chris? Does she have a right to be angry?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthills of the Savannah describes a country under the rule of an increasingly tyrannical dictator. Describe the various ways in which the dictator exerts control over his Cabinet and over the people.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the critique of male chauvinism in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) How are the female characters presented--are they equals to men?

2) Which characters display sexist or chauvinist attitudes?

3) How does Beatrice experience male chauvinism in her life, as recounted in Chapter 7, and how does she confront Ikem about his sexist attitudes?

4) How are females presented in traditional African folk tales about the Sky and Idemili?

5) What, if any, significance is there in the fact that Chris dies while defending a young woman from being raped?

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