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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. Which adjective best describes the man who Styles first lets into his shop?
(a) Austere.
(b) Nervous.
(c) Decrepit.
(d) Happy.

2. How does Styles feel about the number of pictures Zwelinzima wants taken?
(a) Disappointed.
(b) Happy.
(c) Frustrated.
(d) Uncomfortable.

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

4. Who came to collect the pictures for the aforementioned family?
(a) The eldest sister.
(b) The eldest son.
(c) The grandmother.
(d) The sister.

5. How does Zwelinzima begin to act as Style interacts with him?
(a) He begins to relax.
(b) He becomes more tense.
(c) He begins to act paranoid.
(d) He acts upset.

Short Answer Questions

1. What other piece of contact information does Zwelinzima give to Styles?

2. Why was the owner of the car manufacturer plant unable to give the speech he wanted to give?

3. What does Styles call his photography room?

4. In the letter being read aloud in Part 2, what does it declare about Sizwe Banzi?

5. In the words of Styles in Part one, "We own nothing but..."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How could the mention of the name Robert Zwelinzima be a powerful instance of foreshadowing?

3. 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?

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

5. What is the playwright implying about the fact that "Robert" was still unsuccessful working with Zola?

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

7. What is the purpose of Robert being illuminated in a single light right before he begins narrating his letter to his wife?

8. How does Sizwe and Buntu's disagreement about what to do with the dead body foreshadow their later conflict about Sizwe changing identity?

9. How do Styles' mannerisms and outward thoughts affect the audience's understanding of Styles' life views?

10. Explain how Styles' comment of "We have nothing but ourselves" could be translated positively.

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