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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 animal did Styles get to catch cockroaches?
(a) A mouse.
(b) A snake.
(c) A puppy.
(d) A kitten.

2. In his recollection spurred by the insect repellent, what animal does Styles compare himself to?
(a) A monkey.
(b) A rat.
(c) A dog.
(d) A pig.

3. What does Styles shout out for Zwelinzima to imagine he's posing against while getting his picture taken?
(a) "...the city of the future."
(b) "...the mountaintops of peace."
(c) "...sky of opportunity."
(d) "...the rivers of knowledge."

4. What type of speech did the car manufacturer owner want to give to the employees?
(a) An educational speech.
(b) An inspirational speech.
(c) A quick speech.
(d) An endearing speech.

5. In the words of Styles in Part one, "We own nothing but..."
(a) Ourselves.
(b) Our money.
(c) Our freedom.
(d) Our spirit.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the owner of the car manufacturing plant call himself in his speech to the plant workers?

2. Which car manufacturing plant did Styles originally work for?

3. What character is Buntu played by?

4. What did Styles realized was infested with cockroaches?

5. What does Styles convince Zwelinzima to do in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sizwe claim that the dead Robert is doing in light of the idea of Sizwe taking his identity/name?

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

3. What would one say might be the climax of the play?

4. How is it suggested that if an oppressed black man can realize his dreams in a photographic studio, then black people everywhere can realize their dreams no matter what they are?

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

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

7. What is the significance of the kitten's name?

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

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

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

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