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. How does Zwelinzima begin to act as Style interacts with him?

2. Which car manufacturing plant did Styles originally work for?

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

4. How does Zwelinzima explain the series of happenings that apparently gave him only three days to leave his dwelling?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Expand on the significance of the idea of transformation in this play.

2. Why does Buntu tell Sizwe the story of Jacob, a man who recently died?

3. Of what significance is Robert turning out to introduce himself to Buntu as Sizwe Banzi?

4. 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?

5. How do Styles' mannerisms and outward thoughts affect the audience's understanding of Styles' life views?

6. What is the purpose of Robert being illuminated in a single light right before he begins narrating his letter to his wife?

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

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

9. Why might the father of the family who came into Styles' studio have died so soon after having come in?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Part 1, Styles speaks about a 'strong room of dreams'. Discuss what is meant by this with particular regard to either:

A) Styles' realization of his own personal dreams and goals in having his own photography studio, and what the studio represents for the future of his black customers.

OR

B) The playwright's take on the theater in which the play is being performed, as the lines were to be spoken by a black actor on stage in Apartheid-era South Africa.

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