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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 in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?
(a) Drink.
(b) Play games.
(c) Hunt.
(d) Work.

2. What kind of large mine was discovered in Africa after independence?
(a) Copper.
(b) Gold.
(c) Uranium.
(d) Diamond.

3. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?
(a) Control.
(b) Cattle wealth.
(c) Polygamy.
(d) Suppression of women.

4. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," what does Bessie say the emancipation of women in Botswana was rooted in?
(a) Passion.
(b) Determination.
(c) The historical role of Christianity.
(d) Necessity.

5. What did the British bring to South Africa, which aided women as food producers?
(a) Sheep.
(b) Chickens.
(c) Shovels.
(d) Iron hand-plough.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie feels that the main function of a writer is to communicate what?

2. In "God and the underdog," why does Bessie say the Klansmen make God a white man with blue eyes?

3. In Chapter 2, whose religious ideas hold great appeal for Bessie?

4. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?

5. What was Bessie suffering from when she was trying to forge a friendship with the American woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

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

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

4. Why does Bessie think of the American woman as some sort of goddess?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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