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

2. During which war did Styles' father fight?
(a) World War I.
(b) The 7 Year War.
(c) World War II.
(d) The Indo-Japanese War.

3. What was the name of Styles' pet when he first bought the photo shop?
(a) Blackie.
(b) Copper.
(c) Prince.
(d) Princess.

4. Which American President does Styles refer to as having an effect on South Africa?
(a) John Kennedy.
(b) Teddy Roosevelt.
(c) Wilson Woodrow.
(d) Richard Nixon.

5. What does the first man who walks into Styles' shop want?
(a) A job.
(b) His photo redone.
(c) His receipt honored.
(d) His picture taken.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Styles say he had to go through to attain ownership of a building and a business?

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

3. What family member does Styles reminisce about at the end of Part 1?

4. What does Styles call his photography room?

5. What did Buntu allow Zwelinzima to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, after Sizwe asks Buntu how long it will "last," does Buntu suddenly says he's tired, bid goodnight to Robert and leave?

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

3. What does Buntu say to Sizwe to convince him to change identity?

4. 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?

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

6. How does this section of the play give us more information about the circumstances under which black people lived under Apartheid?

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

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

9. What is the significance of Robert being illuminated in the spotlight with the passbook in hand, segueing into his resuming the narration of the letter to Noweto?

10. 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?

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