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 main character reading at the opening of the play?

2. In what country is this story set?

3. What type of speech did the car manufacturer owner want to give to the employees?

4. What does Styles tell the man who is picking up his family photos to do?

5. What character is Buntu played by?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. How much respect does Buntu have for Sizwe?

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

4. Why could it be hypocritical of Buntu to tell the story about Jacob?

5. Why did Sizwe enjoy his experience drinking at the bar he went to with Buntu?

6. Why does Buntu become calmer when telling Sizwe he's married with a child and sympathizes with his desire to improve himself?

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

8. What does Sizwe claim that the dead Robert is doing in light of the idea of Sizwe taking his identity/name?

9. At the start of Part 3, why does Buntu say Sizwe is in real trouble?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

The real Robert Zwelinzima of the play seems to have died a violent death. Discuss whether or not this could be a symbol, and if so, what it could be a symbol of.

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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