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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. By the 1830's, most of the tribes of South Africa were what?
(a) Extinct.
(b) Christians.
(c) Assimilated into other tribes.
(d) Landless.

2. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?
(a) Village square.
(b) Type of bread.
(c) Bride price.
(d) Religious statue.

3. In "God and the underdog," why does Bessie say the Klansmen make God a white man with blue eyes?
(a) They're arrogant and think God must resemble them.
(b) The white people are the most alienated from God.
(c) They don't really understand God's teachings.
(d) They have no imagination.

4. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?
(a) Cattle.
(b) Ivory.
(c) Silk.
(d) Goats.

5. In Chapter2, how does Bessie describe her third novel, "A Question of Power"?
(a) Intensely personal and private.
(b) Difficult to write.
(c) The most satisfying.
(d) A work of excruciating detail.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?

2. According to an account by Dr. W.H.C. Lichtenstein, Botswana men only do work that can be what?

3. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?

4. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?

5. Josef Herman, the artist who lived through the Nazi invasion of Poland, fled to what country?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

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

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

4. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

5. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?

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

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

8. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

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

10. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?

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