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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 kind of ticket does Henderson buy for his trip to Africa?

2. What does Henderson think he will become?

3. What language do Henderson and Itelo speak?

4. What does grun-tu-molani mean?

5. How long does Henderson spend in France?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Henderson's colonial mindset revealed in this chapter?

2. How is Henderson going to build a bomb?

3. In what way is Willatale sympathetic to Henderson's plight?

4. Describe Romilayu and Henderson's journey to Wariri.

5. What does Ricey do with the black baby?

6. Describe the wrestling match between Itelo and Henderson?

7. Of what does the pink light remind Henderson?

8. Why does Henderson become a pig farmer?

9. Why does Henderson head off to the remote parts of Africa?

10. Describe Lily and Henderson's marriage.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Henderson's decision to leave his family for such a long time. Do characters such as Ricey and Lily need him to stay? How does his decision affect them? Does Henderson have an alternative to going to Africa, one that that still allows him to discover who he is? Is such an act could potentially destructive to a family? What does it say about American society that he decides to leave?

Essay Topic 2

Examine all the philosophical ideas that Bellow uses in the book, for example, the philosophy of existentialism. Why is the question of human nature such an important question in this book? How do the philosophies relate to the novel and its characters. In what way does Bellow use elements such as dialogue and characterization to communicate these ideas?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the characters of Henderson and Lily.

1) In what ways are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Do you think they are the perfect match?

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