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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Bessie, what do the South African blacks possess that evens out all their downfalls?
(a) Fire within.
(b) Innocent simplicity.
(c) Deep respect for the culture.
(d) Love and warmth.

2. Why did the American woman come to Africa?
(a) Research for a book.
(b) To get away from her family.
(c) Vacation.
(d) To be with her husband.

3. How does Bessie describe the Cape Town whites?
(a) Cruel.
(b) Intimidating.
(c) Aloof.
(d) Arrogant.

4. According to Bessie, the South Africans have been living in exclusive compartments for so long that they are what?
(a) An isolated people.
(b) Doomed.
(c) Out of touch.
(d) Afraid of each other.

5. Bessie says that she grew up knowing only whom?
(a) Herself.
(b) Her real mother.
(c) Her adoptive mother.
(d) Her father.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The woman from America," what about this woman and her husband poses the biggest threat to the village people?

2. Bessie states that "in her work" everyone has what?

3. According to Bessie, what had the blacks in Cape Town not made use of?

4. In 1964, where did Bessie move to?

5. Technologies and ideas in South Africa generally filter in from where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

2. What are Bessie's beliefs about racists?

3. In "Writings of Southern Africa," why does Bessie state no writer ever plans on a career in writing?

4. Why is there no rage and oppression in Botswana?

5. In Chapter 3, what reflections does Bessie make on herself and her writing up to this point?

6. In "preface to Witchcraft," why is Bessie angry with South Africa?

7. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

8. What does Bessie say about refugees and friendship in "Letter from South Africa"?

9. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

10. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

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