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 first customer that Styles describes coming into the shop for a picture?

2. What does Styles shout out for Zwelinzima to imagine he's posing against while getting his picture taken?

3. What emotion does Styles describe spreading when he finally is able to get a family to smile in a group photo in Part 1?

4. Who came to collect the pictures for the aforementioned family?

5. In the words of Styles in Part one, "We own nothing but..."

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

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

4. What all does Sizwe say to Noweto, his wife, in his letter at the end of Part 5?

5. What is the passbook a symbol of?

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

8. 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?

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

10. Explain how Styles' comment of "We have nothing but ourselves" could be translated positively.

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

How, in Part 1 of the play, does the playwright use metaphor to show the living situation of black workers in Apartheid-era South Africa? Make reference to the stories of a) Styles' job at the Ford plant and Henry Ford Jr's visit, and b) The 'Doom' insect spray and the cat.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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