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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 "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?
(a) Friendly.
(b) Hostile.
(c) Impoverished.
(d) Backward.

2. What writer does Bessie quote in "Social and political pressures . . ."?
(a) Ernest Hemmingway.
(b) Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
(c) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(d) Mark Twain.

3. According to an account by Dr. W.H.C. Lichtenstein, Botswana men only do work that can be what?
(a) Considered too important for women.
(b) Viewed as manly.
(c) Dropped suddenly.
(d) Sold or traded.

4. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the only education for blacks in South Africa is what?
(a) Political.
(b) Cultural.
(c) Controlled.
(d) Biased.

5. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?
(a) More poverty.
(b) Rise in alcoholism.
(c) High rate of illegitimate births.
(d) AIDS epidemic.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie states that one day all nations shall dwell under what shadow?

2. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?

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

4. Bessie views the author, Pasternak, as the liberator of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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