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

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

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

4. In the letter being read aloud in Part 2, what does it declare about Sizwe Banzi?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Comment upon the feelings of what a western audience might feel in the face of the idea of changing one's identity.

2. Explain the meaning behind Styles yelling out for Robert to imagine that he is against the backdrop of the "city of the future".

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

4. How does Part 2 draw the audience in to the play in general?

5. How much respect does Buntu have for Sizwe?

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

7. What is the passbook a symbol of?

8. How does this section of the play give us more information about the circumstances under which black people lived under Apartheid?

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

10. Of what significance is the fact that Styles is the same character as Buntu?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The central question of the play asks what defines identity: one's name or one's actions. Explore whether the play offers an answer to this question, or whether it remains ambiguous.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Is the framing device of the letter to Noweto a foundation for the rest of the action, a means to getting out information that cannot easily be staged, or both? Explain your answer with examples from the text.

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