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. Who disapproves of Beatrice's being physically intimate with Chris while the two are not married?

2. What is Lou Cranford's attitude toward the President and his staff?

3. Who is Lou Cranford?

4. What is Chris's job when Beatrice first meets him?

5. To what does Ikem compose a hymn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the cab drivers think of Ikem?

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

3. What meaning does Chris find in the inscription "What a man commits," which is painted on the back of the bus?

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

5. What does the "Sun of April" represent in Ikem's allegory, and what does the allegory imply about the state of affairs in Kangan?

6. Explain how Chris is able to fool the police at a security checkpoint.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chris and Ikem are former schoolmates who end up in high positions in the government, but handle their responsibility in different ways.

1) Compare and contrast Chris and Ikem. How are they different in terms of personality, motivation, and in the way they react to the growing power of their friend the President?

2) Which character do you think has more integrity? Which character is wiser or more practical?

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

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.

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