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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 do the people of Abazon do to anger the President?

2. What is the real name of Mad Medico?

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

4. What does Chris do that angers Ikem in Chapter 3?

5. How do Chris Oriko and the President first meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the cab drivers who come to see Ikem, and why have they come?

2. What is meant by the "Desdemona complex," and how does it apply to the President's behavior at the party?

3. Describe the male chauvinism in Beatrice's childhood home.

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

5. Interpret Chris's dying words, "the last green."

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

7. Why do the Abazon leaders fail to support the President's bid to become dictator-for-life, and what does the President do in response to their lack of support?

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

9. Why is Mad Medico deported?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the critique of male chauvinism in Anthills of the Savannah. 1) How are the female characters presented--are they equals to men? 2) Which characters display sexist or chauvinist attitudes? 3) How does Beatrice experience male chauvinism in her life, as recounted in Chapter 7, and how does she confront Ikem about his sexist attitudes? 4) How are females presented in traditional African folk tales about the Sky and Idemili? 5) What, if any, significance is there in the fact that Chris dies while defending a young woman from being raped?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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