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. What does Chris want to do?

2. Who is Emmanuel?

3. What do members of the Civil Service Union say about Ikem Osodi?

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

5. In what has Ikem lost his faith?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the "Desdemona complex."

1) Who suffers from the Desdemona complex?

2) Is the complex just about sex, or is it about the allure of the "Other" in all of its aspects? Explain.

3) What does the Desdemona complex suggest about the state of African identity in post colonial times?

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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