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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Bessie define culture?
(a) The personality of a people.
(b) The bareroots of a people.
(c) The core of people.
(d) Where we all come from.

2. What did Bessie have to start doing in 1966?
(a) See a psychiatrist.
(b) Take medication.
(c) Get her manuscript censored.
(d) Report regularly to the police.

3. In "chibuku beer and independence," Bessie states that if the government make a statement with no evil in it, then it may be what?
(a) A trick.
(b) Sensible.
(c) Truthful.
(d) Good for the people.

4. Who raised Bessie?
(a) A black foster mother.
(b) Her mother's sister.
(c) Her father's parents.
(d) Her mother's maid.

5. What was the trend in Atteridgeville in 1964?
(a) Massive poverty.
(b) Having babies out of wedlock.
(c) Young people all leaving.
(d) Cultural indifference.

6. What race was Bessie's mother?
(a) Black.
(b) Chinese.
(c) Mulatto.
(d) White

7. According to Bessie, Serowe consists of African people and what?
(a) Dreams.
(b) Beautiful landscapes.
(c) Mud huts.
(d) Animals.

8. According to Bessie, the blacks of Cape Town accept hell to have what?
(a) Their dignity.
(b) Their lives.
(c) Peace.
(d) Freedom to practice cultural traditions.

9. Why does Bessie believe that the artist Gladys Mgudlandlu is so successful?
(a) She is very vocal about oppression.
(b) Her art subjects are all local.
(c) Her art sales benefit the community.
(d) Her "escapism" style appeals to oppressed people.

10. What happened to Snowball?
(a) He left town.
(b) He got thrown into jail for being subversive.
(c) He got into a bar fight.
(d) His dinghy collapsed.

11. In "Village people," Bessie states that African peace is what?
(a) Deceptive.
(b) Non-existent.
(c) A one-sided truce.
(d) Only a dream.

12. What race was Bessie's father?
(a) Black.
(b) Mulatto.
(c) White.
(d) Chinese.

13. How do most black friends in South Africa meet?
(a) Family and friends.
(b) Bars.
(c) Church.
(d) Political activism events.

14. What does Bessie think that the blacks in Cape Town believe?
(a) The rest of the world will save them.
(b) They are doomed.
(c) Their culture will survive.
(d) They shall overcome.

15. What startled Bessie in 1965?
(a) A letter from her father.
(b) A tsunami.
(c) An arrest.
(d) The liberation of Africa.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Bessie's opinion, South African refugees are generally, what?

2. Bessie described her friend, Snowball, as perfectly black except for his what?

3. In 1966, Bessie wrote that some people from the American State Department came to Botswana, but they couldn't talk about what?

4. What did the American woman send Bessie?

5. How does Bessie describe the people from the place that the American woman hails from?

(see the answer keys)

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