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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. According to Bessie, Serowe consists of African people and what?

2. What did Boeta L revert to when no one accepts his cause?

3. What was Bessie's biggest frustration in "An Unspeakable Crime"?

4. Bessie described her friend, Snowball, as perfectly black except for his what?

5. How did Bessie define culture?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Makeba Music," how does Bessie describe the musician, Makeba?

2. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

3. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?

4. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?

5. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

6. Why is Bessie so drawn to the American woman in "Woman from America"?

7. Why do the South African blacks relate to the artist, Gladys Mgudlandlu?

8. What more compassionate details concerning her mother did Bessie learn over time?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Khama the Great had a great impact on the history of Botswana. What was his most important accomplishment? Why was he so different? What did he possess that made even the British, stand in awe of him? In a nation of downtrodden people how did he manage to have such strength? How did he retain this and not fall into the doom and despair mind-set of his countrymen? Why did the British give him rights that no black man had ever gotten? Were they not used to seeing integrity and strength in a black man? Do you think that they were afraid of him? What would have been the result for Botswana had he not existed?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?

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