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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that Botswana has survived by what?
(a) Lack of violence.
(b) Having few whites.
(c) Sheer luck.
(d) The grace of God.

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

3. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie feel that the African people need, for their civilization?
(a) Togetherness.
(b) Pride.
(c) Determination.
(d) Largeness of heart.

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

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

6. Who was the great leader of Botswana that protected it's people?
(a) Joran.
(b) Abbal.
(c) Khama.
(d) Kobal.

7. In "God and the underdog," Bessie states that there is nothing that moves her more deeply than what?
(a) The history of the Jews.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Children with no future.
(d) The emancipation of African blacks.

8. Why did Bessie say the South African experience so difficult for her to deal with in a creative sense?
(a) It was evil.
(b) She couldn't get past her own personal views.
(c) She had too much inner turmoil.
(d) She had no family for support.

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

10. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?
(a) Mental instability.
(b) How she grew up.
(c) Fellow refugees.
(d) Drugs.

11. What does Bessie state was totally absent in her?
(a) Sense of history.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Sense of belonging.
(d) Political fervor.

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

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

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

15. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the only education for blacks in South Africa is what?
(a) Cultural.
(b) Political.
(c) Biased.
(d) Controlled.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Bessie's novels is the only one that truly reflects a black South African viewpoint?

2. In "A Question of Power," Bessie states that what can lead a people or a nation into a terrible abyss of destruction?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?

4. In "God and the underdog," why does Bessie say the Klansmen make God a white man with blue eyes?

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

(see the answer keys)

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