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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 does Zwelinzima explain the series of happenings that apparently gave him only three days to leave his dwelling?
(a) Each story intertwines deeply into the next.
(b) It is basically unexplained.
(c) The stories seem to be lies.
(d) The stories do not make sense.

2. Zwelinzima explains that he was introduced to another friend through his house owner, named...
(a) Maloo.
(b) Buntu.
(c) Guntu.
(d) Ballou.

3. What did Styles realized was infested with cockroaches?
(a) His sink.
(b) His shop.
(c) His bedroom.
(d) The building.

4. What was the owner of the car manufacturing plant's name?
(a) James T Phillips.
(b) Henry Ford Sr.
(c) John Williamson.
(d) Henry Ford Jr.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Styles interpret the speech given by the car manufacturer owner?

2. Who recommended an alternative way to catch the cockroaches to Styles?

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

4. According to Styles, convincing his customers to take pictures in a way that is different than they prefer is...

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. What is the passbook a symbol of?

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

6. Explain the meaning behind Styles yelling out for Robert to imagine that he is against the backdrop of the "city of the future".

7. In what way does Style's story about the Ford plant speech show that he was an enterprising personality even before he had his own business?

8. How is Buntu's display in order to convince Sizwe to change identities particularly powerful?

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. Why could it be hypocritical of Buntu to tell the story about Jacob?

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