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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 is the name of the man with whom Styles first interacts?
(a) Zweli.
(b) Eddie.
(c) Ron.
(d) Robert.

2. What family member does Styles reminisce about at the end of Part 1?
(a) His baby sister.
(b) His mother.
(c) His father.
(d) His cousin.

3. What memento does Styles have left of his father?
(a) A faded photograph.
(b) A rusty compass.
(c) A sailor's hat.
(d) An old watch.

4. To whom does Zwelinzima want to send his photograph?
(a) His son.
(b) His daughter.
(c) His grandfather.
(d) His wife.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Styles gives the pictures back to the family member, what does the family member begin to do?

3. When Styles takes the second photograph for Zwelinzima, what happens him?

4. How many pictures does Zwelinzima want taken in Part 2?

5. What type of speech did the car manufacturer owner want to give to the employees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the way Buntu's mood abruptly changes at the end of Part 3, and what he decides to do as a result.

3. Why does Buntu's mood change at the end of Part 3?

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

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

6. What is the passbook a symbol of?

7. What reasons does Buntu give Sizwe for not trying to get a new passbook?

8. How does the playwright play upon audience curiosity in Part 2?

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

10. 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.

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