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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styles tell the man who is picking up his family photos to do?
(a) Tells him not to waste his life.
(b) Tells him to move on with his life.
(c) Tells him to pick up his laundry down the street.
(d) He encourages the man to go back to his family.

2. What is the first customer that Styles describes coming into the shop for a picture?
(a) A man with a trumpet.
(b) A woman with a bird.
(c) A man with a diploma.
(d) A father with his son

3. How many pictures does Zwelinzima want taken in Part 2?
(a) Fifteen.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

4. Who recommended an alternative way to catch the cockroaches to Styles?
(a) A customer.
(b) His father.
(c) A friend.
(d) His mother.

5. What other piece of contact information does Zwelinzima give to Styles?
(a) His mother's addres.
(b) His address.
(c) His mother's phone number.
(d) His phone number.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Zwelinzima's wife in Part 2?

2. What did Styles realized was infested with cockroaches?

3. What job did Styles' father hold?

4. What type of speech did the car manufacturer owner want to give to the employees?

5. How does Zwelinzima explain the series of happenings that apparently gave him only three days to leave his dwelling?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what significance is Robert turning out to introduce himself to Buntu as Sizwe Banzi?

2. Why does Buntu's mood change at the end of Part 3?

3. Why did Sizwe enjoy his experience drinking at the bar he went to with Buntu?

4. Why might Styles' charming demeanor come as a surprise to the audience, given the times in which this play takes place, as well as the period in which it was performed?

5. How does Part 2 draw the audience in to the play in general?

6. How is the name "Doom" significant in Styles' story about the cockroach problem?

7. What does Buntu have to say to Sizwe about the importance of names?

8. Why does Buntu become calmer when telling Sizwe he's married with a child and sympathizes with his desire to improve himself?

9. What could be the meaning behind Buntu quietly telling Sizwe to "come along home" at the end of this Part?

10. How is Buntu's display in order to convince Sizwe to change identities particularly powerful?

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