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. According to Styles, what happened to his father after he returned home from the war?

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

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

4. What did the owner of the house do to help the narrator of the letter while he was supposedly living there?

5. What was the name of Styles' pet when he first bought the photo shop?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why doesn't Sizwe want to work in the mines?

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

7. How does Styles transform Robert's attitude in Part 2?

8. What could be the meaning behind Buntu quietly telling Sizwe to "come along home" at the end of this Part?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buntu and Sizwe Banzi have highly contrasting beliefs about themselves, their place in society as black men and the options available to them. Explore the ways the author uses this contrast as a root for dramatic conflict in the play.

Essay Topic 2

In the final moments of the play, Styles tells Sizwe to smile. Explain how this instruction from one character to another functions as a summary of the play's themes of hope, struggle, and change.

Essay Topic 3

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

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