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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 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

In Ellen Kuzwayo's "Call me Woman," she describes her life before and after oppression. What was her life like before? What was the view of South African then? What kind of work was her family involved in? What kind of education did she have? Ellen was a part of the first groups of educated blacks that felt leadership should be based on merit, not ethnicity. What event changed her life drastically? Do you think she was at all prepared to be thrust into a world of instant poverty, violence, and suffering? How did she deal with it? Do you think that it's easier for someone to accept this, if they've been born into it and it's all they've ever known, rather than someone, like Ellen, who knew a good life and then was forced to give everything up?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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