Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
The Natives Land Act of 1913 deeply affected the lives of the South African blacks. What was the purpose of the Act? What did the shortage of labor at the mines have to do with the passing of the Act? What were the consequences for whites, who allowed the blacks access to water or grazing land? What, do you think, was the main effect on the psyche of the one million black people affected by the passing of this Act?
Atteridgeville in 1964 was a community full of poverty and desolation. What was the main reason for unemployment here? How far did people have to go just to work? Because of the high rate of unemployment, how were many of the young men looked upon? How did illegitimate births fit into this scenario? Why weren't young people getting married? What agency owned almost everything in Atteridgeville? Do you think that the young men of this town stood a chance of bettering themselves professionally or personally?
In Ellen Kuzwayo's "Call me Woman," she describes her life before and after oppression. What was her life like before? What was the view of South African then? What kind of work was her family involved in? What kind of education did she have? Ellen was a part of the first groups of educated blacks that felt leadership should be based on merit, not ethnicity. What event changed her life drastically? Do you think she was at all prepared to be thrust into a world of instant poverty, violence, and suffering? How did she deal with it? Do you think that it's easier for someone to accept this, if they've been born into it and it's all they've ever known, rather than someone, like Ellen, who knew a good life and then was forced to give everything up?
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