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

2. What does Styles tell the man who is picking up his family photos to do?

3. How did the owner of Styles' car manufacturing company first arrive at the organization for his speech?

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

5. What is the name of the character first seen in the opening part of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the start of Part 3, why does Buntu say Sizwe is in real trouble?

2. How does Styles transform Robert's attitude in Part 2?

3. How does Sizwe and Buntu's disagreement about what to do with the dead body foreshadow their later conflict about Sizwe changing identity?

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

5. What is the significance of the kitten's name?

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

7. How does the passbook represent oppression of blacks in Apartheid-era South Africa?

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The real Robert Zwelinzima of the play seems to have died a violent death. Discuss whether or not this could be a symbol, and if so, what it could be a symbol of.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the effect of having Styles and Buntu played by the same actor. What parallels and contrasts are there between the two characters, and how are they significant to the play as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

At two moments in the play, in Part 3 and Part 5, Buntu abruptly changes from a positive mindset to a negative one. What do these moments say about him, and what is the playwright trying to say about the attitude of South African blacks through this facet of Buntu's character?

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