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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) Women's movement.
(c) Education.
(d) Christianity.

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

3. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?
(a) Was an elder.
(b) Knew her place.
(c) Owned cattle.
(d) Was a virgin.

4. What special category did Bessie see her writing in?
(a) Sufferer exposing the truth.
(b) Black woman with her own style.
(c) South African telling a South African story.
(d) Blazing a new trail into the future.

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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 considered civilized.
(c) They were not democratic.
(d) They were difficult to convert to Christianity.

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

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

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

14. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?
(a) A child.
(b) The American woman.
(c) Cambridge volunteer.
(d) Pasternak.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In African culture, what can't a woman do to their husband?

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

3. How many years did Bessie live in South Africa?

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

5. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?

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