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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 is the only industry that the British used Botswana for?
(a) Timber production.
(b) Farming.
(c) Railroad.
(d) Mining.

2. What is the meaning of "didactic" works?
(a) Historical, yet fiction.
(b) Pre-planned conclusions and principles.
(c) Geographical works.
(d) Dealing with African culture.

3. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?
(a) Work.
(b) Hunt.
(c) Play games.
(d) Drink.

4. In Chapter 2, what did the British go to Rhodesia to find?
(a) Gold.
(b) Relaxation.
(c) Work.
(d) Schooling.

5. In Chapter 2, Bessie states that the South African blacks have been stripped bare of what?
(a) All personal integrity.
(b) Their basic natures.
(c) Every human right.
(d) Hopes and dreams.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Bessie first get published?

2. What does Bessie state was totally absent in her?

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

4. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?

5. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why according to Bessie has Botswana survived by "sheer luck and unexpected good fortune"?

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

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

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

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

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