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 other piece of contact information does Zwelinzima give to Styles?

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

3. What is the name of Zwelinzima's wife in Part 2?

4. In what country is this story set?

5. What does Styles tell the man who is picking up his family photos to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Styles transform Robert's attitude in Part 2?

2. Of what significance is Robert turning out to introduce himself to Buntu as Sizwe Banzi?

3. How do Sizwe and Buntu find the dead body after they leave the bar?

4. What does Sizwe claim that the dead Robert is doing in light of the idea of Sizwe taking his identity/name?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the playwright reveal information about the central character of Sizwe Banzi, and how does this draw the audience into his story?

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

Discuss the effect of having Styles and Buntu played by the same actor. What parallels and contrasts are there between the two characters, and how are they significant to the play as a whole?

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