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

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

3. In "chibuku beer and independence," Bessie states that if the government make a statement with no evil in it, then it may be what?
(a) Sensible.
(b) Good for the people.
(c) Truthful.
(d) A trick.

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

5. Bessie had stories to tell but couldn't write them. Why?
(a) People ridiculed her.
(b) She panicked and felt dead inside.
(c) No one was interested in them.
(d) She got angry over issues and her ideas died away.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Bessie's opinion, South African refugees are generally, what?

2. In Serowe, what grazes the earth to a shred?

3. How does Bessie describe the Cape Town whites?

4. In "Village people," what kind of porridge do they have for every meal?

5. What race was Bessie's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Bessie describe Botswana in 1964?

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

8. In "An Unspeakable Crime," why does Bessie feel discouraged by the South African blacks?

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

10. Why do the South African blacks relate to the artist, Gladys Mgudlandlu?

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