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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. In "chibuku beer and independence," who sent free beer for the independence celebration?
(a) Rhodesia.
(b) Cape Town.
(c) Johannesburg.
(d) Uganda.

2. What reminds Bessie of the man, Snowball?
(a) The sunset.
(b) A child she meets.
(c) The tranquil waters.
(d) A herd of elephants.

3. Bessie feels that the South African blacks have a desperate longing to bring out their own what?
(a) Creativeness.
(b) Pride.
(c) Innate abilities.
(d) Self-sufficiency.

4. What did Boeta L revert to when no one accepts his cause?
(a) Madness.
(b) Religion.
(c) Drink.
(d) Suicide.

5. What did Bessie have to start doing in 1966?
(a) See a psychiatrist.
(b) Report regularly to the police.
(c) Get her manuscript censored.
(d) Take medication.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bessie call Southern Africa?

2. How does Bessie describe the people from the place that the American woman hails from?

3. Bessie feels that the South African people lack what?

4. How did Bessie define culture?

5. According to Bessie, Serowe consists of African people and what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

2. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

3. What did Bessie think of the mission orphanage that she was sent to at age 13?

4. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

5. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

6. In 1966, what changes were made regarding refugees in Botswana?

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

8. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

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

10. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

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