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. Zwelinzima explains that he was introduced to another friend through his house owner, named...

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

3. What interrupts Styles' story to the audience at the end of Part 1?

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

5. What other piece of contact information does Zwelinzima give to Styles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is it suggested that if an oppressed black man can realize his dreams in a photographic studio, then black people everywhere can realize their dreams no matter what they are?

2. Explain how Styles' comment of "We have nothing but ourselves" could be translated positively.

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

4. How does Buntu help Sizwe "practice" being Robert Zwelinzima?

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

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

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

8. Why does Sizwe tear off his clothes in Part 4?

9. What is the passbook a symbol of?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How does the playwright reveal information about the central character of Sizwe Banzi, and how does this draw the audience into his story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how foreshadowing is used in the play, making particular reference to either:

A) Styles' monologue in Part 1.

OR

B) Buntu's actions in Parts 4 and 5.

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