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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?
(a) Ivory.
(b) Goats.
(c) Silk.
(d) Cattle.

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

3. In "African religions," why did Bessie say that most of Asia was blanked out as barbaric in her school's geography book?
(a) Asia was mostly unknown, back then.
(b) They were not democratic.
(c) They were difficult to convert to Christianity.
(d) They were not considered civilized.

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

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

6. What is the meaning of "didactic" works?
(a) Historical, yet fiction.
(b) Pre-planned conclusions and principles.
(c) Geographical works.
(d) Dealing with African culture.

7. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?
(a) Friendly.
(b) Backward.
(c) Impoverished.
(d) Hostile.

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

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

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

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

12. What does the musician, Makeba, have a passion for?
(a) The cello.
(b) America.
(c) Liberation.
(d) Public performances.

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

14. What people did the Bushmen resemble?
(a) Black Irish.
(b) White Afrikaners.
(c) Black South Africans.
(d) Chinese.

15. According to Bessie, revolutionary movements are composed of people living with what?
(a) Regret.
(b) Mental instability.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Rage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?

3. What did the British bring to South Africa, which aided women as food producers?

4. Bessie describes Botswana men as what?

5. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?

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