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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In her research for her novel, "Maru," Bessie worked right at the roots of what?
(a) South African cultural diversity.
(b) Racial hatred.
(c) Christianity.
(d) Oppression.

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

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

4. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," what does Bessie say the emancipation of women in Botswana was rooted in?
(a) The historical role of Christianity.
(b) Determination.
(c) Passion.
(d) Necessity.

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

6. Bessie says that people in Botswana lead very what lives?
(a) Unassuming.
(b) Rebellious.
(c) Quiet.
(d) Secure.

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

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

9. Bessie describes Botswana men as what?
(a) Not nice.
(b) Unmotivated.
(c) Unattractive.
(d) Immature.

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

11. In "Notes on novels," Bessie states that wealth and privilege are dependent on what?
(a) Governing powers.
(b) Determination and lack of compassion for others.
(c) Current economic conditions.
(d) Poverty and distress of others.

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

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

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

15. 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) Dropped suddenly.
(c) Sold or traded.
(d) Viewed as manly.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?

3. Bessie's suffering in South Africa created in her a reverence for what?

4. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie believe that people cannot protest against?

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

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