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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. What does the musician, Makeba, have a passion for?
(a) America.
(b) The cello.
(c) Liberation.
(d) Public performances.

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

3. What did Bessie feel defeated her in South Africa as a writer?
(a) Anger.
(b) The environment.
(c) Mental illness.
(d) Religion.

4. In 1968, where was Bessie told that South African literature wasn't very popular?
(a) England.
(b) United States.
(c) Poland.
(d) Germany.

5. What year was the old British Bechuanaland Protectorate established in Botswana?
(a) 1860.
(b) 1901.
(c) 1885.
(d) 1890.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie describes Botswana men as what?

2. In her research for her novel, "Maru," Bessie worked right at the roots of what?

3. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?

4. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," what does Bessie say the emancipation of women in Botswana was rooted in?

5. In "God and the underdog," what do the Ku Klux Klan members discover when they get to heaven?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?

3. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

4. In the conclusion of Chapter 2, how does Bessie summarize her life experiences?

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

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

7. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

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

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

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

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