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A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

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?

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