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

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

3. What is the name of Zwelinzima's wife in Part 2?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How much respect does Buntu have for Sizwe?

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

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

4. How does the passbook represent oppression of blacks in Apartheid-era South Africa?

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

6. What is the playwright implying about the fact that "Robert" was still unsuccessful working with Zola?

7. In Part 4, how is it revealed that Sizwe has already taken on the dead man's identity?

8. What reasons does Buntu give Sizwe for not trying to get a new passbook?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the effect of having Styles and Buntu played by the same actor. What parallels and contrasts are there between the two characters, and how are they significant to the play as a whole?

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

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.

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