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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do others disapprove of Aissatou's marriage?
(a) The man she marries is poor.
(b) Aissatou is not good enough for the man she marries.
(c) The man she marries is Chinese.
(d) The man she marries is ugly.

2. What do the narrator and her friends do at their house parties?
(a) Compare and evaluate their husbands.
(b) Sell tupperware.
(c) Organize political rallies.
(d) Relive their youth to the beat of old songs.

3. What is the difference between the narrator's friends and fellow teachers versus her in-laws?
(a) Her in-laws are from Kenya, not Senegal.
(b) Her in-laws belong to a different political party from her friends.
(c) She is able to relax with them, which she can't do with her in-laws.
(d) Her friends are modern-minded; whereas the in-laws stick to tradition.

4. Why is this test feared by Senegalese women?
(a) It determines who will marry her.
(b) It is very painful.
(c) It can sometimes result in death.
(d) It reveals what others think about her.

5. What is the narrator's state of mind at the opening of the book?
(a) Angry.
(b) Depressed.
(c) Happy.
(d) Distraught.

6. What does Aunty Nabou demand?
(a) That her brother help her discipline Mawdo.
(b) To take little Nabou, her brother's daughter, back home with her.
(c) That they provide her a small stipend to live on.
(d) Enough money to move to the West Indies.

7. How does the narrator feel about Modou taking a second wife?
(a) Betrayed.
(b) Glad to have someone to share household chores.
(c) Indifferent since she is the first and most important wife.
(d) She does not know he did so.

8. Who does Aissatou marry?
(a) Daouda Dieng.
(b) Moudou.
(c) Mawdo Bw.
(d) Douda Raaw.

9. What is the mirasse?
(a) A vision the widow finds on a quest in the desert.
(b) A pilgrimage to Mecca.
(c) A payment of 10 dollars from the government for the widow.
(d) A family meeting required by the Koran where the deceased's secrets are exposed.

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

11. How many years has the second wife been married to the deceased?
(a) 5
(b) 18
(c) 2
(d) 10

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

13. How long does the narrator have to stay indoors after the funeral?
(a) As long as it takes for her hair to grow long again.
(b) She does not have to stay indoors.
(c) Three days.
(d) Four months and ten days.

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

15. How do the narrator and her friends feel about being teachers?
(a) They hate teaching.
(b) They love their profession.
(c) It's a necessary evil.
(d) It's something to pay the bills, though not very exciting.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which wife receives the most money?

2. What does the narrator think of Aissatou's in-laws?

3. To what does the narrator compare teachers?

4. What is one secret revealed about the deceased?

5. Why is the narrator upset about the donations from the people?

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