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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) Innocent simplicity.
(b) Love and warmth.
(c) Deep respect for the culture.
(d) Fire within.

2. In 1964, where did Bessie move to?
(a) Botswana.
(b) Johannesburg.
(c) Atteridgeville.
(d) Cape Town.

3. In Serowe, what grazes the earth to a shred?
(a) Zebras.
(b) Sheep.
(c) Cows.
(d) Goats.

4. What was Bessie's biggest frustration in "An Unspeakable Crime"?
(a) She couldn't get her stories published.
(b) Blacks were just giving in to the white government.
(c) Violence was overtaking common sense.
(d) She had no family.

5. What did the Durban Magistrate Court tell Bessie?
(a) She had to leave the country.
(b) Her father was a criminal.
(c) She was a ward of the state.
(d) Her mother was white.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The woman from America," who does Bessie say are always in the majority?

2. What startled Bessie in 1965?

3. According to Bessie, the South Africans have been living in exclusive compartments for so long that they are what?

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

5. How does Bessie describe the Cape Town whites?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What facts about her parentage were brutally told to Bessie by the magistrate and the missionary?

7. What are Bessie's beliefs about racists?

8. Why was Bessie given up for adoption?

9. How was African Independence celebrated in Botswana?

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

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