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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What racist belief does the narrator's mother hold?
(a) All black people are mean.
(b) All white people should be in superior positions.
(c) All Hispanic people are uneducated.
(d) All black people are funny.

2. What fact do a couple of women ask the narrator to confirm?
(a) She has no income.
(b) Her mother is poor.
(c) She has no father.
(d) All of these.

3. What does Nelson drink with Harold?
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Vodka.
(c) Rum.
(d) Scotch.

4. What does Nelson create on the women of the village that offends the narrator?
(a) A diagram that shows the families, tribes, and affiliations.
(b) A map showing where the women will be relocated to start new villages.
(c) A diagram that demonstrates the positions each woman holds.
(d) A map noting where the women came from.

5. What change does the new Mother Committee make?
(a) Men are now admitted to the Sekopololo.
(b) Men can now run for office.
(c) Men can inherit land.
(d) Men can serve on committees.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Harold Mace and Julia Rodden arrive in Tsau?

2. Where does the narrator want to take Nelson?

3. What is the narrator doing when a group of villagers, led by Hector, come to speak with Nelson?

4. Who does the narrator go to in order to get Nelson out of Tsau?

5. What does Nelson's reaction to the narrator's attempts to cheer him up bring to the narrator's mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator react when Nelson shows her a political diagram of the women in the village? Why? How does Nelson react? Why? Are their reactions characteristic of them?

2. How does the village react to Nelson and the narrator becoming a couple? What happens that night?

3. What argument do Nelson and the narrator have the day after the debate? Why is this significant?

4. What new sign of trouble emerges in Tsau after the issue with the guns and the bartering have been called into question?

5. Why does the narrator become so frustrated when she has Nelson back in Gaborone? What does this frustration lead her to?

6. The narrator is strongly against Nelson's trip to Tikwe. Why? What literary tool could the author be using in this section?

7. What upsets Nelson about the growing amount of bartering with Basarwa, a nearby settlement? What items does he not like?

8. What weighs heavily on the narrator's mind about her and Nelson's relationship? Why?

9. Why are the villagers against hand washing and sanitation?

10. How does the narrator feel after Nelson is found in the desert and back in Tsau? What does this mean for their future?

(see the answer keys)

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