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. How do the members of the Abazonian delegation receive Ikem?

2. What does Ikem think of the President, Sam?

3. To what does Ikem compose a hymn?

4. Which province is asking for the President's help?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between the President and his ministers of government, as revealed in Chapter 1.

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

3. What does Ikem urge the students to do?

4. How has the President changed, according to Ikem, and why has he done so?

5. To whom are storytellers a threat, according to Ikem?

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

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

8. Chris urges Ikem to "lie low." If you were Ikem, what would you do?

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

10. Describe the American reporter's manner at the party. Why does Beatrice dislike her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay exploring the relationship between the classes as portrayed in Anthills of the Savannah. In your essay, analyze the interactions of the "elite" educated characters with the lower-class, uneducated ones.

Essay Topic 2

According to The New York Review of Books, the novel Anthills of the Savannah "has wonderful satiric moments and resounds with big African laughter." Write an essay discussing the humor in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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