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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. Bessie states that "in her work" everyone has what?
(a) A place in her world.
(b) Their story told.
(c) Equal representation.
(d) A right to speak.

2. In 1965, what did Bessie write that the people of South Africa need to find in order to live together?
(a) A deep faith.
(b) Respect for one another.
(c) Self-respect.
(d) A common bond.

3. Bessie feels that the South African people lack what?
(a) Pride.
(b) Determination.
(c) Innovation.
(d) Dignity.

4. What does Bessie call Gladys Mgudlandlu?
(a) The exuberant innocent.
(b) The ample artist.
(c) The people's savior.
(d) The innocent escapist.

5. What did Bessie create in Botswana?
(a) A new family.
(b) A large garden.
(c) Her ideal life.
(d) A published manuscript.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What was Bessie forbidden to do on holidays?

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

5. In "Sketches," how does Bessie describe Botswana?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Bessie so drawn to the American woman in "Woman from America"?

6. Why was Bessie given up for adoption?

7. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe the black African people?

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

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

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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