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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) Necessity.
(b) Determination.
(c) The historical role of Christianity.
(d) Passion.

2. In "God and the underdog," Bessie states that there is nothing that moves her more deeply than what?
(a) Children with no future.
(b) The emancipation of African blacks.
(c) The history of the Jews.
(d) Poverty.

3. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?
(a) Desert full of blacks.
(b) Hell on earth.
(c) Barren land of heathens.
(d) God-awful country to live in.

4. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?
(a) Knew her place.
(b) Was an elder.
(c) Owned cattle.
(d) Was a virgin.

5. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?
(a) Goats.
(b) Ivory.
(c) Cattle.
(d) Silk.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?

2. What did Bessie feel defeated her in South Africa as a writer?

3. What makes people suffer according to Bessie?

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

5. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie believe that people cannot protest against?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

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

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

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

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

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

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