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. What is the meaning of NTBB?

2. What, according to Ikem, is the enemy of art?

3. The fight between the President and the people of Abazon is likened to the struggle between which two animals?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 6, who invites Beatrice to a private dinner?

5. Which best describes Elewa's personality?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the meaning of the poem "Africa" by David Diop, which appears at the beginning of Chapter 10.

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

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

4. Why must Chris leave the city?

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

6. What is Ikem's opinion of labor leaders?

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

8. Why is the President so angry with Ikem?

9. Explain the argument between Ikem and Chris at the beginning of Chapter 3. Who has more integrity, Ikem or Chris, and what does their argument reveal about the state of the free press in Kangan?

10. Who is Idemili and what does the folk tale about her convey about female power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of religion in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) Which religions are represented in the novel?

2) Compare and contrast the attitudes of Beatrice and Agatha toward their religions.

3) Nigeria is a country with three main religions: Christianity, Islam, and traditional animism. How is this religious diversity represented in the novel, particularly in the naming ceremony in Chapter 18?

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

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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