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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. In 1964, where did Bessie move to?
2. Bessie Head was born in what year?
3. In Serowe, what grazes the earth to a shred?
4. In "Village people," Bessie states that African peace is what?
5. Technologies and ideas in South Africa generally filter in from where?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Bessie keep all the notes that the American woman gave her?
2. Why is Bessie so drawn to the American woman in "Woman from America"?
3. In "preface to Witchcraft," why is Bessie angry with South Africa?
4. What did Bessie think of the mission orphanage that she was sent to at age 13?
5. In 1982, Bessie writes about her reaction when people discussed her writing. Why did she get so frustrated?
6. In 1966, what changes were made regarding refugees in Botswana?
7. What does Bessie say about refugees and friendship in "Letter from South Africa"?
8. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe the black African people?
9. How was African Independence celebrated in Botswana?
10. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe poverty in Africa?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?
Essay Topic 2
The artist, Gladys Mgudlandlu, was extremely popular in South Africa because of her escapism theory. Why does Bessie refer to her as "the exuberant innocent"? Does she think of her and her escapism theory as naïve? Does she see it as not wanting to deal with real issues? Do you think Bessie thought it was wrong of her to encourage the black South Africans to just "sit back and let God deal with it"? Was this just offering them a good excuse to do nothing about their situation? If there was no oppression, do you think that this artist would have been as popular?
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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