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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What race was Bessie's father?

2. In "The woman from America," what about this woman and her husband poses the biggest threat to the village people?

3. Bessie says that the African people want to develop how?

4. What reminds Bessie of the man, Snowball?

5. What did the Durban Magistrate Court tell Bessie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Bessie think of the mission orphanage that she was sent to at age 13?

2. What does Bessie say about refugees and friendship in "Letter from South Africa"?

3. In 1966, what changes were made regarding refugees in Botswana?

4. In "preface to Witchcraft," why is Bessie angry with South Africa?

5. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe poverty in Africa?

6. How does Bessie describe Botswana in 1964?

7. Why was Bessie given up for adoption?

8. Why is Bessie so drawn to the American woman in "Woman from America"?

9. Why is there no rage and oppression in Botswana?

10. How does Bessie describe the Botswana flag to students during the independence celebration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie's views of the white man were formed at an early age. List two experiences in Bessie's early life that you think had a profound effect on her opinion of the white man? List the experiences and Bessie's response to them. Later in life, Bessie was able to see some good in the white man and her hatred lessened. Explain the person and the circumstances surrounding this.

Essay Topic 2

Oppression stunted and almost obliterated Bessie's creativity. And yet, the musician, Makeba, seemed to revel in it. Why do you think it would affect two people so differently? Is it a question of passion? Does it create more passion for some and less for others? Do you think that Makeba's passion for liberation fueled her in a creative sense? Did she use the situation to her own advantage? Did Bessie's avoidance of anything liberatory or revolutionary deny her this? Had she been more liberal, might she have been able to write?

Essay Topic 3

Khama the Great had a great impact on the history of Botswana. What was his most important accomplishment? Why was he so different? What did he possess that made even the British, stand in awe of him? In a nation of downtrodden people how did he manage to have such strength? How did he retain this and not fall into the doom and despair mind-set of his countrymen? Why did the British give him rights that no black man had ever gotten? Were they not used to seeing integrity and strength in a black man? Do you think that they were afraid of him? What would have been the result for Botswana had he not existed?

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