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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 Serowe, what grazes the earth to a shred?

2. In "chibuku beer and independence," Bessie states that if the government make a statement with no evil in it, then it may be what?

3. According to Bessie, what do African people push aside?

4. Bessie feels that the South African blacks have a desperate longing to bring out their own what?

5. Bessie states that "in her work" everyone has what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie describe Botswana in 1964?

2. How did Bessie react when she was forbidden to visit her adoptive family on school holidays?

3. In "The Old Woman," what is Bessie referring to when she says "Gods walk around Africa barefoot with nothing"?

4. Why is there no rage and oppression in Botswana?

5. In "A Gentle People," what are Bessie's feelings regarding the black people of Cape Town?

6. Why did Bessie keep all the notes that the American woman gave her?

7. In 1966, what changes were made regarding refugees in Botswana?

8. In "An Unspeakable Crime," why does Bessie feel discouraged by the South African blacks?

9. How does Bessie describe the Botswana flag to students during the independence celebration?

10. In "Village People," how does Bessie describe poverty in Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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