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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. What did Bessie learn to hate?
(a) The legal system.
(b) The social service system.
(c) Christianity.
(d) Judges.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal was involved in the story that the American woman told Bessie regarding a vision?

2. Bessie feels that the South African blacks have a desperate longing to bring out their own what?

3. Who raised Bessie?

4. What months does it rain fiercely in Serowe?

5. How did Bessie define culture?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In 1982, Bessie writes about her reaction when people discussed her writing. Why did she get so frustrated?

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

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

9. Why did Bessie keep all the notes that the American woman gave her?

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

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