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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. Which American poet does Ikem quote when he says, "Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes"?

2. Whom does Beatrice sometimes feel like while in bed with Chris?

3. Why is Ikem Osodi's girlfriend, Elewa, angry with him in Chapter 4?

4. What is the name of Chris's girlfriend?

5. What, according to Ikem, is the enemy of art?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to the Attorney-General, might Christopher Oriko pose a threat? Does the Attorney-General seem trustworthy?

2. Why is Elewa angry with Ikem? Do you think she has a right to be angry?

3. Why does Ikem feel exhilarated after his meeting with the taxi drivers?

4. Describe the confrontation between Ikem and the taxi driver in Chapter 3. What does it reveal about Ikem's character?

5. Who calls Beatrice with an anonymous tip about Chris, and what is the apparent purpose of the calls?

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

7. What does Beatrice help Ikem to realize about women?

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

9. What message about women is portrayed in the African folk tale about why the sky is far away from the earth?

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

Beatrice and Elewa are the two major female characters in Anthills of the Savannah.

1) Compare and contrast Beatrice and Elewa. How are they similar and different?

2) Is one of the women stronger than the other, or do they both have unique strengths?

3) Both women argue with Ikem over his treatment of women. Describe their arguments with Ikem. Which woman is better able to influence him?

4) How do these two women from very different backgrounds grow to become close friends?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of hope for Africa's future expressed in the novel Anthills of the Savannah.

1) What is the significance of the name of Elewa's baby?

2) How is it significant that the baby was named by a group of people from different backgrounds, classes, and faiths--military, worker, academic, market-girl, Muslim, Christian, etc.?

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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