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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. Who is Bessie referring to in "A Gentle People"?
(a) The missionaries.
(b) The white people of Cape Town.
(c) The black people of Cape Town.
(d) The children.

2. In "The old woman," what is Bessie offered as thanks for feeding the woman?
(a) A chicken.
(b) A meal.
(c) A pail of water.
(d) Coins.

3. According to Bessie, what do African people push aside?
(a) Intrusions.
(b) Dreams.
(c) Assistance.
(d) Hope.

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

5. What does Bessie feel is the most important aspect to having friends in South Africa?
(a) They help you laugh.
(b) The connect you to the right people.
(c) They help you fight the white supremacy.
(d) They protect you.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Bessie's biggest frustration in "An Unspeakable Crime"?

2. Bessie described her friend, Snowball, as perfectly black except for his what?

3. What does Bessie enjoy that she feels South Africa denied her?

4. Bessie Head was born in what year?

5. What does Bessie call Gladys Mgudlandlu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie describe Botswana in 1964?

2. What are Bessie's beliefs about racists?

3. How does Bessie describe the Botswana flag to students during the independence celebration?

4. How did Bessie react when she was forbidden to visit her adoptive family on school holidays?

5. What more compassionate details concerning her mother did Bessie learn over time?

6. What lasting effect did the treatment by the missionaries have on Bessie?

7. In "The Old Woman," what is Bessie referring to when she says "Gods walk around Africa barefoot with nothing"?

8. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe poverty in Africa?

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

10. In "The Woman From America," what was the biggest threat that this woman and her husband posed to the village?

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