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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In "A Question of Power," Bessie states that what can lead a people or a nation into a terrible abyss of destruction?
(a) Evil.
(b) Rage.
(c) Greed.
(d) Prejudice.

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

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

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

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

8. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?
(a) Rise in alcoholism.
(b) High rate of illegitimate births.
(c) More poverty.
(d) AIDS epidemic.

9. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?
(a) Mental instability.
(b) How she grew up.
(c) Drugs.
(d) Fellow refugees.

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

11. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie feel that the African people need, for their civilization?
(a) Pride.
(b) Determination.
(c) Largeness of heart.
(d) Togetherness.

12. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie say is the root of traditional African life?
(a) The land.
(b) Respecting your neighbor.
(c) Being at one with all things.
(d) Work, rest and prayer.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why did Bessie say the South African experience so difficult for her to deal with in a creative sense?

4. What special category did Bessie see her writing in?

5. In "African religions," why did Bessie say that most of Asia was blanked out as barbaric in her school's geography book?

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