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

2. Why did Bessie say the South African experience so difficult for her to deal with in a creative sense?
(a) It was evil.
(b) She had no family for support.
(c) She couldn't get past her own personal views.
(d) She had too much inner turmoil.

3. In "Makeba music," where would Russian people caught dealing in the black market be deported to?
(a) United States.
(b) Israel.
(c) Siberia.
(d) Africa.

4. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Education.
(c) Women's movement.
(d) New laws.

5. According to Bessie, revolutionary movements are composed of people living with what?
(a) Mental instability.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Regret.
(d) Rage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is a "bogadi," in African culture?

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

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

5. How many years did Bessie live in South Africa?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

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

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