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

3. In the hymn written by Ikem, what is happening to the world?

4. What do the anthills tell the grass of the savannah?

5. To whom does the Attorney-General compare the President during their conversation near the end of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the President so angry with Ikem?

2. The Abazon elder asks what is most important in a war--the battle-drum, the waging of the war, or the story afterwards. Tell which he thinks is most important, and why. What is the point of his analogy?

3. What is the subject of Ikem's editorial "Hymn to the Sun"? What point is he trying to make with it?

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

5. Why should the President be ashamed, according to Beatrice?

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

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

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

9. Why is Beatrice unhappy about the dinner invitation from the President?

10. In what ways is the naming ceremony untraditional?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme in the novel is the need for unity between people of different classes and faiths in order to create a better future for the nation. Write an essay exploring this theme in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about lies and dishonesty in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) What lies are told to the Abazonians regarding the President's bid to become dictator-for-life, as told by the Abazon elder in Chapter 9?

2) What lies are told about Ikem and the circumstances surrounding his death?

3) What lies are told about the President's disappearance?

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