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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?
(a) New laws.
(b) Women's movement.
(c) Christianity.
(d) Education.

9. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?
(a) Gold.
(b) Work.
(c) Schooling.
(d) Relaxation.

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

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

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

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 had no family for support.
(d) She couldn't get past her own personal views.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie say is the root of traditional African life?

3. What is the only industry that the British used Botswana for?

4. By the 1830's, most of the tribes of South Africa were what?

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

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