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 character is Buntu played by?

2. What does Styles call his photography room?

3. Which adjective best describes the man who Styles first lets into his shop?

4. What was the owner of the car manufacturing plant's name?

5. In the letter being read aloud in Part 2, what does it declare about Sizwe Banzi?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would one say might be the climax of the play?

2. 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?

3. Explain the meaning behind Styles yelling out for Robert to imagine that he is against the backdrop of the "city of the future".

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

5. Why does Sizwe tear off his clothes in Part 4?

6. How do Styles' three stories also paint a clear picture of the living situation of black workers in South Africa in the time of Apartheid?

7. Comment upon the feelings of what a western audience might feel in the face of the idea of changing one's identity.

8. 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?

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

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

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

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 3

The passbook is a powerful metaphor for racism and white power. Discuss its effect on the lives of the different characters in the play.

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