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. When Styles takes the second photograph for Zwelinzima, what happens him?

2. How does Zwelinzima explain the series of happenings that apparently gave him only three days to leave his dwelling?

3. What interrupts Styles' story to the audience at the end of Part 1?

4. Which culture in Part 1 does Styles says effects the South African economy?

5. Why did the workers have to increase their output after the owner's speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be extrapolated from the fact that Sizwe writes to his wife about living in another woman's home, and that despite their working together, they were not able to succeed?

2. How does the playwright play upon audience curiosity in Part 2?

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

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

5. What does Buntu say to Sizwe to convince him to change identity?

6. Describe the way Buntu's mood abruptly changes at the end of Part 3, and what he decides to do as a result.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how foreshadowing is used in the play, making particular reference to either:

A) Styles' monologue in Part 1.

OR

B) Buntu's actions in Parts 4 and 5.

Essay Topic 2

Explore the ways the playwright uses unseen characters such as Sizwe's wife, Noweto, and Zola to suggest aspects of the main characters' lives outside of the action on stage. In your answer, take note of the fact that there are no white characters mentioned in the play, only the general authority they hold over blacks in South Africa.

Essay Topic 3

How does the playwright reveal information about the central character of Sizwe Banzi, and how does this draw the audience into his story?

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