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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 deep faith.
(d) A common bond.

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

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

4. Who is Bessie referring to in "A Gentle People"?
(a) The children.
(b) The black people of Cape Town.
(c) The white people of Cape Town.
(d) The missionaries.

5. In "The woman from America," what state in America is the woman from?
(a) New York.
(b) Louisiana.
(c) California.
(d) Washington.

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

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

8. How does Bessie describe the people from the place that the American woman hails from?
(a) Creative and beautiful.
(b) Exciting and adventurous.
(c) Lazy and spoiled.
(d) Wealthy but caring.

9. Bessie feels that the South African people lack what?
(a) Innovation.
(b) Dignity.
(c) Pride.
(d) Determination.

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

11. Bessie described her friend, Snowball, as perfectly black except for his what?
(a) White teeth.
(b) Red lips.
(c) White hair.
(d) Pink soles of his feet.

12. What months does it rain fiercely in Serowe?
(a) August, September, and October.
(b) May, June, and July.
(c) November, December, and January.
(d) March, April, and May.

13. Bessie says that she grew up knowing only whom?
(a) Herself.
(b) Her father.
(c) Her adoptive mother.
(d) Her real mother.

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

15. In 1966, Bessie wrote that some people from the American State Department came to Botswana, but they couldn't talk about what?
(a) The Afrikaners.
(b) African hunger.
(c) Apartheid.
(d) Politics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Bessie Head was born in what year?

3. What does Bessie think that the blacks in Cape Town believe?

4. What happened to Snowball?

5. In "The old woman," what is Bessie offered as thanks for feeding the woman?

(see the answer keys)

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