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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," what does Bessie say the emancipation of women in Botswana was rooted in?
(a) The historical role of Christianity.
(b) Passion.
(c) Necessity.
(d) Determination.

2. What kind of large mine was discovered in Africa after independence?
(a) Gold.
(b) Diamond.
(c) Copper.
(d) Uranium.

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

4. Josef Herman, the artist who lived through the Nazi invasion of Poland, fled to what country?
(a) Ireland.
(b) Spain.
(c) United States.
(d) England.

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

6. What makes people suffer according to Bessie?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) People.
(d) Fear.

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

8. According to an account by Dr. W.H.C. Lichtenstein, Botswana men only do work that can be what?
(a) Viewed as manly.
(b) Dropped suddenly.
(c) Sold or traded.
(d) Considered too important for women.

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

10. Bessie states that the system in South Africa sees blacks as not what?
(a) Ambitious.
(b) Intelligent.
(c) Worthy.
(d) Human.

11. 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.

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

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

14. What did the British bring to South Africa, which aided women as food producers?
(a) Iron hand-plough.
(b) Sheep.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Shovels.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In her research for her novel, "Maru," Bessie worked right at the roots of what?

2. In "African religions," what does African religion focus on?

3. Bessie states that Botswana men do not care about what?

4. What does the musician, Makeba, have a passion for?

5. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?

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