Anthills of the Savannah: Multiple Choice Quiz


Dear Students,

Having now read the book at least twice… You’ll find the following questions very easy to answer. Please go through and try your best.


What does the powerful man have, according to the expression used by the Abazon elder? (from Chapter 9)

 The yam and the knife.
 The palm oil and wine.
 The lightning bolt.
 The ear of God.

Which of the following best describes Ikem’s speeches? (from Chapter 12)

 They are not typically controversial.
 They make listeners feel good about themselves and their land.
 They can be shocking and even offensive to their listeners.
 They are serious speeches with little or no humor.

What do the people of Abazon do to anger the President? (from Chapter 9)

 They voted against his becoming President for life.
 They tried to overthrow him.
 They took over a neighboring territory, brutally murdering the inhabitants.
 They wanted to become an independent state.

At the end of Chapter 8, what does Chris say he won’t do? (from Chapter 8)

 Resign his job.
 Lie low.
 Give up the things he loves.
 Abandon his friend, the President.

What is one of Beatrice’s nicknames? (from Chapter 7)

 Mama B.



According to Professor Okong, why has the President been upset with both Chris and Ikem for the past two years? (from Chapter 11)

 They have been leaking information about him to the foreign press.
 He is still bitter about the way they gossiped about his English girlfriend.
 They did not help ensure his election as President for life.
 He thinks they have been working behind his back to have him overthrown.

According to the National Gazette, Chris is spotted wearing what disguise? (from Chapter 14)

 A cap and sunglasses.
 A nun’s habit.
 A turban.
 A false beard.

According to Chris, which of the following describes Ikem?(from Chapter 8)


What ceremony is Beatrice planning to hold in her apartment at the beginning of Chapter 18? (from Chapter 18)

 A naming ceremony for Elewa’s baby girl.
 A wedding ceremony for Emmanuel and Adamma.
 A welcoming ceremony for the new government of Kangan.
 A funeral ceremony in memory of Chris and Ikem.

Which best describes the religion practiced by Agatha? (from Chapter 7)

 Animism, or spirit worship.
 Ancestor worship.
 She is a devout Muslim.
 She is an evangelical Christian.



What does Lou Cranford say the President should do? (from Chapter 6)

 Increase aid to the people of Abazon.
 Limit aid to the people of Abazon.
 Decrease the debt owed to the United States.
 Maintain high levels of debt to the United States.

What shocking news is given over the radio at the end of Chapter 11? (from Chapter 11)

 Ikem has been sacked from his job.
 The President is ill and is in the hospital.
 The leaders from Abazon have mysteriously disappeared–likely kidnapped by the SRC.
 The six leaders from Abazon are under arrest for staging an illegal protest.

What typically happens at police and army checkpoints? (from Chapter 17)

 The guards ask for every passenger’s identification papers.
 The guards rifle through the passengers’ belongings and confiscate any valuables.
 The guards take a bribe from the bus driver and send him on his way.
 Everyone must get off the bus for questioning.

What does the President say is true of all African chiefs? (from Chapter 6)

 They are greedy.
 They can never trust anyone.
 They are polygamists.
 They are dictators.

What, according to Ikem, is the enemy of art? (from Chapter 7)




What common convenience can the poor people Chris is staying with not afford? (from Chapter 16)

 Bug spray.
 A stove to heat water.

Which of the following is NOT true about the Director of the SRC, Johnson Ossai? (from Chapter 6)

 He speaks obsequiously to the President.
 He is friendly and talkative.
 He looks strong in a very disagreeable way.
 He is young and good-looking.

What happens to the President? (from Chapter 18)

 He was kidnapped, tortured, shot, and buried in the bush.
 He fled to England.
 He committed suicide when he learned the coup was imminent.
 He was kidnapped by “unknown persons” and is presumed dead.

What should political leaders NOT do, according to Ikem? (from Chapter 11)

 They can do anything they like.
 Pretend to be like the poor by wearing aged jeans.
 Drive luxury cars or otherwise show off their wealth.
 Mingle with the poor or make friends with poor and low-class people.

How does the landscape change as the bus continues on its journey? (from Chapter 17)

 It changes from flat plains to rolling hills and valleys.
 It changes from arid desert to lush rainforest.
 It changes from flat plains to rugged mountains.
 It changes from rainforest to increasingly dry grassland.

What is the meaning of the word nneka? (from Chapter 7)

 Mother is supreme.
 Mother is weak.
 Mother is love.
 Mother of God.

How do the members of the Abazonian delegation receive Ikem? (from Chapter 9)

 With shouts of anger.
 With jeers of derision.
 With murmurs of skepticism.
 With a tremendous ovation.

What other piece of false information is given by the newspaper about Chris? (from Chapter 14)

 He is wanted by security officers.
 He is missing and presumed dead.
 He may have fled for London.
 He is now in police custody.

What kind of car does Ikem drive? (from Chapter 10)

 A Peugeot.
 A Datsun.
 A Toyota.
 A Mercedes.

What does Chris say the modern leaders of Africa must be like in order to build up their nations? (from Chapter 6)

 Democratically-elected Prime Ministers.
 Medieval tyrants.
 Bloody reformists.
 Marxist crusaders.



One thought on “Anthills of the Savannah: Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. I am not 100 % sure, but I think this might be the answers:
    1a, 2c, 3a, 4a, 5d, 6c, 7d, 8c, 9a, 10d, 11d, 12d, 13c, 14c, 15b, 16a, 17b, 18a, 19b, 20d, 21a, 22d, 23c, 24b, 25b

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