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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. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?
(a) Hopes and dreams.
(b) Every human right.
(c) All personal integrity.
(d) Their basic natures.

2. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?
(a) A child.
(b) Cambridge volunteer.
(c) The American woman.
(d) Pasternak.

3. In African culture, what can't a woman do to their husband?
(a) Lodge complaints against them.
(b) Strike them.
(c) Divorce them.
(d) Berate them.

4. What people did the Bushmen resemble?
(a) White Afrikaners.
(b) Black Irish.
(c) Chinese.
(d) Black South Africans.

5. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?
(a) Friendly.
(b) Backward.
(c) Hostile.
(d) Impoverished.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?

2. Who was the great leader of Botswana that protected it's people?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie feel that the African people need, for their civilization?

4. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that Botswana has survived by what?

5. What makes people suffer according to Bessie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

2. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

3. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

4. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

5. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

6. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

7. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

8. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

9. In "Social and Political Pressures . . . ," what astonished Bessie about the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

10. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

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