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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 the system in South Africa sees blacks as not what?
(a) Worthy.
(b) Human.
(c) Intelligent.
(d) Ambitious.

2. In "Makeba music," Bessie states that she believes in what?
(a) The contents of the human heart.
(b) Simplicity.
(c) Liberation.
(d) Revolution.

3. What special category did Bessie see her writing in?
(a) Sufferer exposing the truth.
(b) South African telling a South African story.
(c) Blazing a new trail into the future.
(d) Black woman with her own style.

4. Bessie views the author, Pasternak, as the liberator of what?
(a) Passion.
(b) Russia.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Children.

5. How many major tribes are there in Botswana?
(a) 3.
(b) 5.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie say is the root of traditional African life?

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

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

4. When did Bessie first get published?

5. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the only education for blacks in South Africa is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In "God and The Underdog," what does Bessie feel fuels revolutions?

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

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

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