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

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

3. Bessie describes Botswana men as what?
(a) Not nice.
(b) Unattractive.
(c) Unmotivated.
(d) Immature.

4. What was Bessie suffering from when she was trying to forge a friendship with the American woman?
(a) Menopause.
(b) Gout.
(c) Scarlet fever.
(d) Mental troubles.

5. What was the name of the conquered tribe in Botswana?
(a) Basarwa.
(b) Batawna.
(c) Bomangwato.
(d) Bangato.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?

2. According to Bessie in "Despite broken bondage . . .," what do men in Botswana mostly do?

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

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

5. How many major tribes are there in Botswana?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

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

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

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

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