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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 Eye of God in the hymn?

2. What does the President say is true of all African chiefs?

3. What is the SRC?

4. What does the President claim to be?

5. In their conversation near the end of Chapter 8, what does Beatrice urge Chris to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the National Gazette distort Ikem's words to make him seem guilty? What lies are told about his death?

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

5. Describe Professor Okong.

6. 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?

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

8. Why is Mad Medico deported?

9. Explain what happens in the parking lot after Ikem meets with the Abazon delegation. What does this incident seem to foreshadow?

10. According to Chris, why does Ikem resent him so much?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Ikem says at one point that the President is well meaning and will do the right thing if he is told what the right thing is. To what extent is this true?

1) The people around the President fear him and tell him what they think he wants to hear. Does this make them equally guilty for making him into a tyrant? Would he be less of a tyrant if people would stand up to him?

2) Chris says that Ikem's editorials accomplish nothing but aggravating people. Is he right? When, if ever, has the President taken action based on Ikem's urgings?

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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