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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 Chapter 2, what does Bessie feel that the African people need, for their civilization?
(a) Togetherness.
(b) Pride.
(c) Determination.
(d) Largeness of heart.

2. In "African religions," Bessie states that African religion doesn't receive value because they don't have what?
(a) Money for recruiting followers.
(b) Ornate houses of worship.
(c) Large congregations.
(d) Deity figurines to worship.

3. Which of Bessie's novels is the only one that truly reflects a black South African viewpoint?
(a) When Rain Clouds Gather.
(b) Maru.
(c) A Question of Power.
(d) None.

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

5. In Chapter 2, whose religious ideas hold great appeal for Bessie?
(a) The Pope.
(b) Professor Mbiti.
(c) The local bishop.
(d) Buddah.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What special category did Bessie see her writing in?

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

4. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?

5. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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