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 long did Styles say the owner of the car manufacturing plant stay at the plant?

2. What was the owner of the car manufacturing plant's name?

3. Which American President does Styles refer to as having an effect on South Africa?

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

5. What does Styles convince Zwelinzima to do in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. In what way does Style's story about the Ford plant speech show that he was an enterprising personality even before he had his own business?

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

5. 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.

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

7. Explore the ways in which the playwright incorporates the idea of freedom into this part of the play.

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

9. Are Sizwe's and Buntu's reactions to finding the dead body the same? Explain your answer.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It is ironic that the only place where Sizwe feels dignified and respected is at a bar - a place of drinking, vices, and escape from reality? Do you agree with this statement? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the idea of being 'alive' versus being 'dead' or a 'ghost' as represented in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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