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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?
(a) Drink.
(b) Play games.
(c) Work.
(d) Hunt.

2. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie say is the root of traditional African life?
(a) The land.
(b) Respecting your neighbor.
(c) Being at one with all things.
(d) Work, rest and prayer.

3. Bessie states that Botswana men do not care about what?
(a) Their wives.
(b) Work.
(c) Their pride.
(d) Their children.

4. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?
(a) New laws.
(b) Christianity.
(c) Women's movement.
(d) Education.

5. Bessie feels that the main function of a writer is to communicate what?
(a) One's passion.
(b) A sense of wonder.
(c) Information.
(d) True life.

6. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?
(a) Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
(b) Ernest Hemmingway.
(c) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(d) Mark Twain.

7. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?
(a) Hell on earth.
(b) Desert full of blacks.
(c) God-awful country to live in.
(d) Barren land of heathens.

8. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?
(a) Their basic natures.
(b) Every human right.
(c) Hopes and dreams.
(d) All personal integrity.

9. Which of Bessie's novels is the only one that truly reflects a black South African viewpoint?
(a) Maru.
(b) A Question of Power.
(c) None.
(d) When Rain Clouds Gather.

10. In Chapter2, how does Bessie describe her third novel, "A Question of Power"?
(a) A work of excruciating detail.
(b) Intensely personal and private.
(c) The most satisfying.
(d) Difficult to write.

11. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?
(a) Pasternak.
(b) A child.
(c) The American woman.
(d) Cambridge volunteer.

12. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?
(a) 1890.
(b) 1860.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1885.

13. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?
(a) Functional.
(b) Necessary.
(c) Soothing.
(d) Rebellious.

14. How many major tribes are there in Botswana?
(a) 3.
(b) 4.
(c) 2.
(d) 5.

15. How many years did Bessie live in South Africa?
(a) 27.
(b) 15.
(c) 21.
(d) 12.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie states that one day all nations shall dwell under what shadow?

2. In 1968, where was Bessie told that South African literature wasn't very popular?

3. According to Bessie in "African religions," what is at the root and foundation of African religion?

4. Josef Herman, the artist who lived through the Nazi invasion of Poland, fled to what country?

5. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," what does Bessie say the emancipation of women in Botswana was rooted in?

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