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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 puppy.
(c) A snake.
(d) A kitten.

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

3. What character is Buntu played by?
(a) The same character as Styles.
(b) A woman.
(c) A black child.
(d) A white child.

4. What type of picture does Styles aim to provide for Zwelinzima?
(a) The most interesting one.
(b) A black and white one.
(c) The best possible picture.
(d) A memorable one.

5. How did the owner of Styles' car manufacturing company first arrive at the organization for his speech?
(a) By private jet.
(b) In a Nissan car.
(c) By limousine.
(d) By helicopter.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what country is this story set?

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

3. Why did the workers have to increase their output after the owner's speech?

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

5. For whom did Styles say he one day realized that he was working and making money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Buntu switch the pictures in Sizwe's and Robert's passbooks?

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

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

4. How much respect does Buntu have for Sizwe?

5. In Buntu's story about Jacob, what does the preacher say about death?

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

7. When Sizwe describes how the passbook goes with him everywhere, what else could he be describing?

8. Explain how as an audience, we know from the very opening scene that this play will involve the concepts of racial discrimination against blacks, and their struggles.

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

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

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