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 type of speech did the car manufacturer owner want to give to the employees?

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

4. During which war did Styles' father fight?

5. What family member does Styles reminisce about at the end of Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Sizwe enjoy his experience drinking at the bar he went to with Buntu?

2. 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?

3. What does Buntu have to say to Sizwe about the importance of names?

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

5. How does this section of the play give us more information about the circumstances under which black people lived under Apartheid?

6. How much respect does Buntu have for Sizwe?

7. Hypothesize the possible meanings this Part of the play and the passbook itself could have in relation to the struggle of black people against white people.

8. 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?

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

10. What is the passbook a symbol of?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you agree that Sizwe loses his innocence over the course of the play? Discuss with reference to what kind of an influence Buntu has on Sizwe and what Sizwe loses and gains.

Essay Topic 2

Given the desperation of the situation in which blacks found themselves in Apartheid-era South Africa, is it honorable or dishonorable for Sizwe to claim the identity of a dead man? Explain your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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