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. What is the SRC?

2. What is the Eye of God in the hymn?

3. What is Mad Medico's job?

4. What does Chris say the modern leaders of Africa must be like in order to build up their nations?

5. What does the elder from Abazon call the President?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the purpose of Mad Medico's graffiti.

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

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

6. What does Ikem mean when he says it is a writer's job to give headaches and not prescriptions? Do you agree with this statement?

7. Why, according to Chris, is it so difficult to resolve the conflicts between Ikem and himself?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the use of proverbs and folk tales in the novel.

1) How do the proverbs and folk tales provide a counterpoint to "Western" knowledge?

2) Choose one or more of the proverbs or folk tales to analyze and show how it relates to a major theme of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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