Anthills of the Savannah Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When stopped by a soldier for questioning, what does Chris tell the soldier his profession is?

2. What shocking news do the travelers hear toward the end of Chapter 17?

3. Why is the President angry when he meets with Chris in Chapter 11?

4. What are the rich and powerful like, according to Ikem?

5. What do the men who visit Ikem want from him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme in the novel is the need for unity between people of different classes and faiths in order to create a better future for the nation. Write an essay exploring this theme in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ikem says that "Writers don't give prescriptions, they give headaches."

1) Discuss what he means by this statement and tell whether you agree. Should writers provide solutions to the social problems they see, or is it their duty to simply bring these problems to light?

2) How does Ikem create "headaches" throughout the novel?

3) Do Ikem's headaches ever lead to solutions? If so, how?

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