Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In "An unspeakable crime", Bessie expresses her disdain of the Coloured Affairs Department. What are they doing in Port Elizabeth and Capetown that she disagrees with? Describe the actions of the coloureds, whom she feels are accessories to the crime. Are they ashamed of their actions? Should they be? Do you think that they truly don't know their own minds and think that the Coloured Affairs Department knows what's best for their children? Or, do they see the situation for what it is and go along with it because it's the only way to survive?
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