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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 Chapter2, how does Bessie describe her third novel, "A Question of Power"?
(a) A work of excruciating detail.
(b) The most satisfying.
(c) Intensely personal and private.
(d) Difficult to write.

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

3. What does Bessie attribute her bad habits and violent nature to?
(a) How she grew up.
(b) Mental instability.
(c) Drugs.
(d) Fellow refugees.

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

5. What did Bessie feel defeated her in South Africa as a writer?
(a) Mental illness.
(b) Anger.
(c) The environment.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. In African culture, what can't a woman do to their husband?

2. In "Makeba music," where would Russian people caught dealing in the black market be deported to?

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

4. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?

5. Who is the main character in Bessie's first novel, "When Rain Clouds Gather"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are Bessie and the American woman different?

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

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

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

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

7. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

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

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

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

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