Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styles, what happened to his father after he returned home from the war?

2. What did Styles realized was infested with cockroaches?

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

4. What did the owner of the house do to help the narrator of the letter while he was supposedly living there?

5. What is the name of the man with whom Styles first interacts?

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. How is the studio a "place of dreams"?

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

4. What all does Sizwe say to Noweto, his wife, in his letter at the end of Part 5?

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

6. Hypothesize the possible meanings this Part of the play and the passbook itself could have in relation to the struggle of black people against white people.

7. What can one say about the significance of Sizwe finally signing his real name at the end of his letter to Noweto?

8. How do Sizwe and Buntu find the dead body after they leave the bar?

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

10. Without having seen the play, what would be a safe implication to make about the character of Robert, given that one of the first things he does is give his name and immediately afterward, his address?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you agree that Sizwe loses his innocence over the course of the play? Discuss with reference to what kind of an influence Buntu has on Sizwe and what Sizwe loses and gains.

Essay Topic 2

Buntu and Sizwe Banzi have highly contrasting beliefs about themselves, their place in society as black men and the options available to them. Explore the ways the author uses this contrast as a root for dramatic conflict in the play.

Essay Topic 3

Comment upon the notion that Styles' statement that 'we own nothing but ourselves' could be construed as being ignorant, coming as it does from a successful black businessman in South Africa.

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