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 man with whom Styles first interacts?

2. What job did Styles' father hold?

3. Who does Zwelinzima introduce himself to Buntu as in the end of Part 2?

4. What memento does Styles have left of his father?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Buntu's story about Jacob, what does the preacher say about death?

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

5. Without having seen the play, what would be a safe implication to make about the character of Robert, given that one of the first things he does is give his name and immediately afterward, his address?

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

7. How does Buntu both protest against and sympathize with Sizwe in Part 3?

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

9. What is the significance of Robert being illuminated in the spotlight with the passbook in hand, segueing into his resuming the narration of the letter to Noweto?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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