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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 is the basic landscape of Botswana?

2. What does Bessie feel is the most important aspect to having friends in South Africa?

3. Why does Bessie believe that the artist Gladys Mgudlandlu is so successful?

4. In 1965, what did Bessie write that the people of South Africa need to find in order to live together?

5. What does Bessie enjoy that she feels South Africa denied her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe the black African people?

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

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

7. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?

8. In "The Inspiration of Bertolt Brecht," how did Brecht bring Marxism to life?

9. How did Bessie react when she was forbidden to visit her adoptive family on school holidays?

10. In "A Gentle People," what are Bessie's feelings regarding the black people of Cape Town?

Essay 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

While Bessie is a true supporter of the black Africans, she can also be highly critical of them. Their lack of initiative in trying to better their situation is a common frustration to Bessie. List three examples that illustrate Bessie's frustration with perceived "passivity" of other black Africans. Bessie admits that she prefers to be on the sidelines when writing. Do you think that it's fair for Bessie to judge others from the sidelines instead of getting actively involved herself?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie describes the lonely life of South African refugees as she experienced. Do you that the refugees would say that it's a small price to pay for freedom? What was Botswana's reaction to refugees after independence? How did this reflect their view of refugees? Do you think that refugees are ever truly "free" of the country that they have fled? Are they always associated with it in the new country? Is this true today of America and refugees from the Muslim countries? What are the stereotypes of these refugees? Do you think that refugees should be forced to assimilate totally into their adoptive country, even forsaking previous culture, language, and religion?

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