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?
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?
Bessie's friend, Snowball, had a difficult time living in District Six in Capetown. What was Snowball's general demeanor? Even though he was devoutly religious, what did he believe could live together in chaotic happiness? How was Snowball treated by the landlady and most of the community? Could they see beyond the fact that he had once been a professional thief and served jail time? Was this fair to him? What kind of humbling lesson did Snowball teach Bessie? What did she learn about herself and her attitude toward religion? Why did Bessie finally give up trying to protect Snowball? Do you think that Snowball left a lasting impression on Bessie?
In "Preface to witchcraft," Bessie states that while living in South Africa she lived with a shattering sense of anxiety. Do you think that some anxiety remained even after her move to Botswana? Do you feel a sense of this in her writings? Is the format of "A Woman Alone" a reflection of an anxious person? Does the constant "skipping around" from one to piece to another, one subject to another, speak of an anxious brain? Do you perceive a lack of finishing one thing before starting another? Or, do you think the format is intentional and simply reflects Bessie's individual style?
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