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Multiple Choice Questions

1. By the 1830's, most of the tribes of South Africa were what?
(a) Assimilated into other tribes.
(b) Extinct.
(c) Landless.
(d) Christians.

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

3. In "Makeba music," Bessie states that she believes in what?
(a) The contents of the human heart.
(b) Revolution.
(c) Simplicity.
(d) Liberation.

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

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

6. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?
(a) Their basic natures.
(b) All personal integrity.
(c) Every human right.
(d) Hopes and dreams.

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

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

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

10. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?
(a) Village square.
(b) Bride price.
(c) Religious statue.
(d) Type of bread.

11. In 1968, where was Bessie told that South African literature wasn't very popular?
(a) Germany.
(b) United States.
(c) Poland.
(d) England.

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

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

14. What, does Bessie feel that exploitation and evil are dependent on?
(a) Resigned acceptance of authority.
(b) Lack of communication between oppressor and oppressed.
(c) Cultural misunderstandings.
(d) Financial imbalance.

15. In "Makeba music," where would Russian people caught dealing in the black market be deported to?
(a) Africa.
(b) United States.
(c) Israel.
(d) Siberia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the great leader of Botswana that protected it's people?

2. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?

3. In Chapter 2, Bessie believes that God is embodied in whom?

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

5. Who is the main character in Bessie's first novel, "When Rain Clouds Gather"?

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