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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did their landlady do to Snowball despite Bessie's protests?
(a) Mistreated him.
(b) Cut his hair.
(c) Kicked him out.
(d) Made him clean.

2. In Serowe, what grazes the earth to a shred?
(a) Cows.
(b) Sheep.
(c) Zebras.
(d) Goats.

3. In Bessie's opinion, South African refugees are generally, what?
(a) Dangerous.
(b) Angry.
(c) Fed up.
(d) Lonely.

4. What did Bessie learn to hate?
(a) Judges.
(b) Christianity.
(c) The legal system.
(d) The social service system.

5. In "The old woman," what is Bessie offered as thanks for feeding the woman?
(a) Coins.
(b) A chicken.
(c) A meal.
(d) A pail of water.

6. According to Bessie, what do African people push aside?
(a) Intrusions.
(b) Dreams.
(c) Hope.
(d) Assistance.

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

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

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

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

11. Bessie says that the African people want to develop how?
(a) Judiciously.
(b) Slowly.
(c) Industrially.
(d) With pride.

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

13. Technologies and ideas in South Africa generally filter in from where?
(a) Europe.
(b) Asia.
(c) North Africa.
(d) United States.

14. Bessie had stories to tell but couldn't write them. Why?
(a) She panicked and felt dead inside.
(b) People ridiculed her.
(c) She got angry over issues and her ideas died away.
(d) No one was interested in them.

15. What is the basic landscape of Botswana?
(a) Tropical.
(b) Semi-desert.
(c) Desert.
(d) Woodland.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie Head was born in what year?

2. According to Bessie, what had the blacks in Cape Town not made use of?

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

4. Where was Bessie born?

5. Bessie says that she grew up knowing only whom?

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