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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Bessie enjoy that she feels South Africa denied her?
(a) Educational opportunities.
(b) Safety.
(c) Free expression.
(d) Repetition and simplicity in life.

3. In "The woman from America," what about this woman and her husband poses the biggest threat to the village people?
(a) She is a westerner and not to be trusted.
(b) He loves her and is loyal to her.
(c) They may be loyal to the Afrikaners.
(d) They have alot of money.

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

5. In "Village people," what kind of porridge do they have for every meal?
(a) Wheat.
(b) Rice.
(c) Millet.
(d) Potato.

6. What community was Bessie in in "The Isolation of Boeta L"?
(a) Serowe
(b) Johannesburg
(c) Atteridgeville
(d) Cape Town

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

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

9. What does Bessie state that the South African blacks hoard?
(a) Little bits of things.
(b) Coins.
(c) Food.
(d) Children.

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

11. What does Bessie call Gladys Mgudlandlu?
(a) The ample artist.
(b) The innocent escapist.
(c) The people's savior.
(d) The exuberant innocent.

12. 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) A common bond.
(c) Self-respect.
(d) A deep faith.

13. Bessie states that "in her work" everyone has what?
(a) A right to speak.
(b) A place in her world.
(c) Their story told.
(d) Equal representation.

14. Bessie feels that the South African blacks have a desperate longing to bring out their own what?
(a) Creativeness.
(b) Self-sufficiency.
(c) Pride.
(d) Innate abilities.

15. What did the Durban Magistrate Court tell Bessie?
(a) She was a ward of the state.
(b) Her father was a criminal.
(c) Her mother was white.
(d) She had to leave the country.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who is Bessie referring to in "A Gentle People"?

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

5. In 1963, what did Bessie encourage her readers to do?

(see the answer keys)

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