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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Modou complain about in his letters?
(a) The cold weather in France.
(b) The quality of the petit fours.
(c) Racial discrimination.
(d) The difficulty of the coursework.

2. To where does Aunty Nabou travel?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Englands.
(c) Diakhao.
(d) Kenya.

3. What does the narrator think of Aissatou's in-laws?
(a) That they should not have moved to the United States.
(b) That they are wonderfully warm people.
(c) That they take advantage of Aissatou.
(d) That they do not respect Aissatou.

4. Who is Daouda Dieng?
(a) The narrator's maternal uncle.
(b) The narrator's brother.
(c) The boy her mother prefers over Modou.
(d) The head of the police in Senegal.

5. According to the narrator, what is the purpose of teaching?
(a) To earn an above-average salary.
(b) To shape young people's minds.
(c) To get out of household chores.
(d) To influence the next generation of men.

6. What is Aunty Nabou's goal in raising her niece?
(a) To shape her into what she thinks a noble woman should be-obedient.
(b) To find her a good husband.
(c) To help her become highly educated.
(d) To have a female to care for her in her old age.

7. Why is the narrator upset about the sister-in-laws song?
(a) Because they do not remember the narrator's name.
(b) Because they praise both wifes equally.
(c) Because they do not sing the complete song.
(d) Because they sing out of key.

8. Why is the narrator upset about the donations from the people?
(a) It's too late to save others with needed medications.
(b) The people resent donating.
(c) Most people decline to donate?
(d) The people do not donate very much.

9. What do the female relatives do for the deceased?
(a) Light the funeral pyre.
(b) Wail while walking around the outside of the home.
(c) Cover their heads with yellow cloth for two weeks.
(d) Wash the dead person's body.

10. How is Aunty Nabou received when she arrives at her destination?
(a) She is asked to return home immediately.
(b) With cold obligatory rituals.
(c) Like a princess.
(d) With hesitation.

11. How many children did the second wife bear the deceased?
(a) 3
(b) 9
(c) 0
(d) 1

12. What is one secret revealed about the deceased?
(a) He loved to travel to America.
(b) He had two other wives secretly.
(c) He never believed in the Koran.
(d) He had serious financial problems.

13. What, in the narrator's opinion, does modernity do?
(a) It causes immoral behavior among the young people.
(b) It increases live births.
(c) It improves the country immensely.
(d) It signifies the slow death of traditional trades.

14. What reasons does the narrator give for Modou's taking a second wife?
(a) She doesn't have any idea.
(b) Either love or madness.
(c) For money, since the second wife came from a wealthy family.
(d) For highter social status.

15. What is remarkable about the narrator?
(a) She was the only female pilot in Senegal.
(b) She won an Olympic gold medal in track.
(c) She had been one of the first educated women in Senegal.
(d) She gave birth to a set of sextuplets all of whom survived.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Aissatou respond to Mawdo's taking a second wife under pressure from his mother?

2. What is said out loud during the mourning rituals?

3. Why do others disapprove of Aissatou's marriage?

4. To whom is the narrator writing her diary?

5. To whom do the wives give money?

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