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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In her research for her novel, "Maru," Bessie worked right at the roots of what?
(a) Christianity.
(b) South African cultural diversity.
(c) Oppression.
(d) Racial hatred.

3. Bessie views the author, Pasternak, as the liberator of what?
(a) Passion.
(b) Children.
(c) Russia.
(d) Emotions.

4. According to Bessie in "African religions," what is at the root and foundation of African religion?
(a) Family.
(b) Communal goodness.
(c) Prayer.
(d) Sacrifice.

5. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?
(a) Control.
(b) Suppression of women.
(c) Cattle wealth.
(d) Polygamy.

6. Who is the main character in Bessie's first novel, "When Rain Clouds Gather"?
(a) British missionary.
(b) Young, black, radical woman.
(c) Black, South African refugee.
(d) Tribal leader.

7. What was Bessie suffering from when she was trying to forge a friendship with the American woman?
(a) Mental troubles.
(b) Menopause.
(c) Scarlet fever.
(d) Gout.

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) When Rain Clouds Gather.
(b) None.
(c) Maru.
(d) A Question of Power.

10. What, does Bessie feel that exploitation and evil are dependent on?
(a) Resigned acceptance of authority.
(b) Financial imbalance.
(c) Lack of communication between oppressor and oppressed.
(d) Cultural misunderstandings.

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

12. Bessie says that people in Botswana lead very what lives?
(a) Unassuming.
(b) Quiet.
(c) Secure.
(d) Rebellious.

13. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?
(a) Type of bread.
(b) Religious statue.
(c) Village square.
(d) Bride price.

14. In Chapter 2, whose religious ideas hold great appeal for Bessie?
(a) The local bishop.
(b) Buddah.
(c) The Pope.
(d) Professor Mbiti.

15. What is the only industry that the British used Botswana for?
(a) Farming.
(b) Timber production.
(c) Railroad.
(d) Mining.

Short Answer Questions

1. What special category did Bessie see her writing in?

2. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?

3. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?

4. Why did Bessie say the South African experience so difficult for her to deal with in a creative sense?

5. By the 1830's, most of the tribes of South Africa were what?

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