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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of Bessie's novels is the only one that truly reflects a black South African viewpoint?
(a) Maru.
(b) A Question of Power.
(c) None.
(d) When Rain Clouds Gather.

2. 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 an elder.
(d) Was a virgin.

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

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

5. In Chapter 2, Bessie believes that God is embodied in whom?
(a) Her adoptive mother.
(b) The souls of all black Africans.
(c) The American woman.
(d) The children.

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

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

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

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

10. Who was the great leader of Botswana that protected it's people?
(a) Khama.
(b) Joran.
(c) Abbal.
(d) Kobal.

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

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

13. In "African religions," Bessie states that African religion doesn't receive value because they don't have what?
(a) Deity figurines to worship.
(b) Ornate houses of worship.
(c) Money for recruiting followers.
(d) Large congregations.

14. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?
(a) Rebellious.
(b) Necessary.
(c) Functional.
(d) Soothing.

15. What was the name of the conquered tribe in Botswana?
(a) Bangato.
(b) Batawna.
(c) Bomangwato.
(d) Basarwa.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of large mine was discovered in Africa after independence?

2. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?

3. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?

4. In Chapter2, how does Bessie describe her third novel, "A Question of Power"?

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

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