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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reminds Bessie of the man, Snowball?
(a) A child she meets.
(b) The tranquil waters.
(c) A herd of elephants.
(d) The sunset.

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

3. In 1975, Botswana had few what?
(a) Animals.
(b) Storms.
(c) White people.
(d) Rules.

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

5. In 1964, where did Bessie move to?
(a) Cape Town.
(b) Botswana.
(c) Atteridgeville.
(d) Johannesburg.

6. 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.

7. In 1963, what did Bessie encourage her readers to do?
(a) Look to God to save them.
(b) Love their neighbor.
(c) Fight against the status quo.
(d) Flee.

8. What does Snowball believe can co-exist?
(a) Western and African cultures.
(b) Science and spiritualism.
(c) Christianity and Hinduism.
(d) Blacks and whites.

9. In 1965, what did Bessie write that the people of South Africa need to find in order to live together?
(a) Respect for one another.
(b) Self-respect.
(c) A common bond.
(d) A deep faith.

10. Where was Bessie born?
(a) Her mother's home.
(b) The horse stables.
(c) Medical hospital.
(d) In a mental hospital.

11. What was Bessie's biggest frustration in "An Unspeakable Crime"?
(a) Blacks were just giving in to the white government.
(b) Violence was overtaking common sense.
(c) She couldn't get her stories published.
(d) She had no family.

12. What did Bessie create in Botswana?
(a) A published manuscript.
(b) A new family.
(c) Her ideal life.
(d) A large garden.

13. Why did the American woman come to Africa?
(a) Research for a book.
(b) Vacation.
(c) To get away from her family.
(d) To be with her husband.

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

15. In "Letter from South Africa," what do may refugees not want to do?
(a) Adhere to western culture.
(b) Be controlled.
(c) Practice Christianity.
(d) Leave.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Bessie think the Afrikaner race will one day emulate?

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

3. What additional information did the social worker tell Bessie?

4. What does Bessie call Southern Africa?

5. According to Bessie, what do African people push aside?

(see the answer keys)

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