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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 Bessie's opinion, South African refugees are generally, what?

2. According to Bessie, what do the South African blacks possess that evens out all their downfalls?

3. What did Bessie's father take care of?

4. According to Bessie, the South Africans have been living in exclusive compartments for so long that they are what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie describe Botswana in 1964?

2. What are Bessie's beliefs about racists?

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

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

5. What did Bessie think of the mission orphanage that she was sent to at age 13?

6. How was African Independence celebrated in Botswana?

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

8. Why was Bessie given up for adoption?

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

10. In "The Woman From America," what was the biggest threat that this woman and her husband posed to the village?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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