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

2. What is the main character reading at the opening of the play?
(a) A newspaper.
(b) A letter.
(c) A magazine.
(d) A book.

3. What is the name of the character first seen in the opening part of the play?
(a) Styles.
(b) Johnny.
(c) Sizwe.
(d) Bert.

4. In what country is this story set?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Bolivia.
(c) Nigeria.
(d) China.

5. Which car manufacturing plant did Styles originally work for?
(a) Fiat.
(b) Honda.
(c) Ford.
(d) Chevrolet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who came to collect the pictures for the aforementioned family?

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

3. In his recollection spurred by the insect repellent, what animal does Styles compare himself to?

4. What does Styles call his photography room?

5. What emotion does Styles describe spreading when he finally is able to get a family to smile in a group photo in Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Styles' three stories also paint a clear picture of the living situation of black workers in South Africa in the time of Apartheid?

2. Comment upon the feelings of what a western audience might feel in the face of the idea of changing one's identity.

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

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

5. Describe the way Buntu's mood abruptly changes at the end of Part 3, and what he decides to do as a result.

6. In Part 4, how is it revealed that Sizwe has already taken on the dead man's identity?

7. Without having seen the play, what would be a safe implication to make about the character of Robert, given that one of the first things he does is give his name and immediately afterward, his address?

8. Why doesn't Sizwe want to work in the mines?

9. Expand on the significance of the idea of transformation in this play.

10. How does Buntu help Sizwe "practice" being Robert Zwelinzima?

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