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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 does the first man who walks into Styles' shop want?

2. In whose house does Zwelinzima say that he stayed while narrating his letter?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In what way does Style's story about the Ford plant speech show that he was an enterprising personality even before he had his own business?

5. 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?

6. How does Sizwe and Buntu's disagreement about what to do with the dead body foreshadow their later conflict about Sizwe changing identity?

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

8. How is it suggested that if an oppressed black man can realize his dreams in a photographic studio, then black people everywhere can realize their dreams no matter what they are?

9. In Part 4, how is it revealed that Sizwe has already taken on the dead man's identity?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What narrative devices does the playwright use to paint a vivid picture of frustration and persecution in the black community under Apartheid?

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

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.

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