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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what country is this story set?



2. What did Styles say he had to go through to attain ownership of a building and a business?



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



4. How many pictures does Zwelinzima want taken in Part 2?



5. How does Styles feel about the number of pictures Zwelinzima wants taken?



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. How is Buntu's display in order to convince Sizwe to change identities particularly powerful?



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



4. Why might the father of the family who came into Styles' studio have died so soon after having come in?



5. How is the studio a "place of dreams"?



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



7. How could the mention of the name Robert Zwelinzima be a powerful instance of foreshadowing?



8. 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?



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



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



Essay Topics

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.

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.

Discuss how pride is central to the play, paying particular attention to the relationship between Buntu and Sizwe Banzi.

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