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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

The real Robert Zwelinzima of the play seems to have died a violent death. Discuss whether or not this could be a symbol, and if so, what it could be a symbol of.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

It is ironic that the only place where Sizwe feels dignified and respected is at a bar - a place of drinking, vices, and escape from reality? Do you agree with this statement? Discuss.

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