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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many cattle died in the major drought in Botswana?
(a) 300,000.
(b) 100,000.
(c) 500,000.
(d) 50,000.

2. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie believe that people cannot protest against?
(a) Evil social systems.
(b) Religion.
(c) The white man.
(d) Their own natures.

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

4. Bessie's suffering in South Africa created in her a reverence for what?
(a) Quiet.
(b) Ordinary people.
(c) Innocence.
(d) Peace.

5. When did Bessie first get published?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1967.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1966.

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

7. What did Bessie feel defeated her in South Africa as a writer?
(a) Anger.
(b) The environment.
(c) Mental illness.
(d) Religion.

8. Bessie states that one day all nations shall dwell under what shadow?
(a) Peace.
(b) Total equality.
(c) The Pharaoh's.
(d) Global civilization.

9. In African culture, what can't a woman do to their husband?
(a) Berate them.
(b) Lodge complaints against them.
(c) Divorce them.
(d) Strike them.

10. In "Notes on novels," Bessie states that wealth and privilege are dependent on what?
(a) Current economic conditions.
(b) Poverty and distress of others.
(c) Governing powers.
(d) Determination and lack of compassion for others.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What makes people suffer according to Bessie?

3. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?

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

5. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?

(see the answer keys)

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