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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 thinks that friendship is very important in South Africa. What kind of country is South Africa, according to her? What do you find yourself doing if you have friends? What are you left alone to face if your friends flee the country? What do friends allow you to do that Bessie feels is essential to not becoming passive? Describe the good friend that Bessie had in South Africa and what effect his fleeing the country had on her.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Conflict is the main theme of "A Woman Alone". Do you think that there was just as much internal conflict in the book as external? Do you believe that external conflicts are a direct result of individual internal conflicts? Explain Bessie's internal conflict regarding her avoidance of all things revolutionary and liberatory. Was she always proud of this? Did it sometimes create problems with others? Do you think that Bessie avoided these issues because she didn't think that they were effective or because she knew that she couldn't deal with them mentally?

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