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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

5. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1885.
(c) 1860.
(d) 1890.

6. According to Bessie, revolutionary movements are composed of people living with what?
(a) Rage.
(b) Regret.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Mental instability.

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

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

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

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

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

12. Bessie states that Botswana men do not care about what?
(a) Work.
(b) Their children.
(c) Their pride.
(d) Their wives.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Bessie in "African religions," what is at the root and foundation of African religion?

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

3. In 1968, where was Bessie told that South African literature wasn't very popular?

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

5. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?

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