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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does the narrator pretend to be when she first enters Tsau?
(a) None of these.
(b) An anthropologist who went astray in the desert.
(c) An ornithologist who went astray in the desert.
(d) A research scientist brought in by Nelson Denoon.

2. What color is Nelson Denoon's hair?
(a) Red.
(b) Blonde.
(c) Brown.
(d) Black.

3. What secret does "Z" finally share?
(a) Information on a social experiment.
(b) The fact that the narrator is being watched by the authorities.
(c) His secret connection to Martin Wade.
(d) His real identity.

4. Who does the narrator call "my boys" during her trip to Tsau?
(a) Her two horses.
(b) Her two donkeys.
(c) Her two snakes.
(d) Her two guides.

5. What are the purposes of the inventions Nelson Denoon puts around Tsau?
(a) To measure the activity in the village.
(b) They conserve energy and water.
(c) To protect the village.
(d) They help move objects.

6. What about Nelson Denoon fascinates the narrator?
(a) His political and social activism.
(b) His relationship with his wife.
(c) His physique.
(d) His intellect.

7. Where does the narrator stop before heading to Tsau?
(a) A mission in Botswana.
(b) A settlement in Kang.
(c) A settlement in Cape Town.
(d) A mission in Kang.

8. What is Nelson Denoon doing when the narrator and Grace find him at the party?
(a) He is having a debate with black and white politicians.
(b) He is kissing another woman.
(c) He is discussing academics with other black and white professors.
(d) He is telling jokes with a group of other men.

9. Who leads the narrator to Nelson Denoon?
(a) A local official.
(b) Women in the market.
(c) Children.
(d) A soldier.

10. What is motivating the narrator to travel to Tsau?
(a) Her need for adventure.
(b) Her desire to impress Nelson Denoon.
(c) Her need to crack the mystery.
(d) Her desire to complete her thesis.

11. What does the narrator consider her work on her thesis in the African bush?
(a) A success.
(b) A challenge, but everything came out okay.
(c) A failure.
(d) Not what she was expecting, but she got interesting results.

12. What job is the narrator offered at a party in Gaborone?
(a) Secretary.
(b) Dog walking.
(c) Department Director.
(d) House sitting.

13. Who is Martin Wade?
(a) A South African army deserter.
(b) A former colleague of the narrator.
(c) A former soldier of the black revolutionaries.
(d) A local politician.

14. What does the narrator lose when one of her animals runs off?
(a) All of these.
(b) Water.
(c) Part of her supplies.
(d) The tent.

15. Who does the narrator learn about a party from where she may meet Nelson Denoon?
(a) "Z".
(b) Martin Wade.
(c) The owners of the home she is house sitting at.
(d) Grace Denoon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is drawn to "intellectual love"?

2. What do the villagers of Tsau do at night?

3. Why doesn't Nelson Denoon tell the narrator he is leaving Tsau?

4. After the narrator has been in Tsau a couple of days, who tells her the village has no room for one more and she must leave as soon as possible?

5. Who is building a village from the ground up?

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