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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many sons does Aunty Nabou have?
(a) None.
(b) Six.
(c) Just one, Mawdo.
(d) Five.

2. What keeps Mawdo busy as a physician?
(a) The population boom.
(b) people People now prefer western medicine to the traditional medicine.
(c) The AIDS epidemic.
(d) Finding a cure for sickle cell anemia.

3. Why does Modou gain many promotions in his job?
(a) He does not accept a salary for his work.
(b) His father-in-law is in charge where he works.
(c) His charisma and devotion to the workers' plight.
(d) He bribes those in authority above him.

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

5. What gives the narrator the ability to buck her family and marry who she wishes?
(a) She is pregnant.
(b) Because her future husband is blackmailing her.
(c) What she learns in school.
(d) Her great-Aunt who did the same.

6. What is said out loud during the mourning rituals?
(a) A prayer for the resurrection of the deceased.
(b) KORAN verses.
(c) Verses from THE PROPHET.
(d) A poem citing the deceased warrior deeds.

7. 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.

8. How might one describe the culture of the Senegal people?
(a) Complex and difficult to understand.
(b) Adaptable.
(c) Rigid.
(d) They don't really have a distinct culture separate from other African countries.

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

10. Who discusses the mysteries of birth and death with the narrator?
(a) The nurse in the deceased person's room.
(b) The narrator's mother.
(c) Dr. Mawdo Bw.
(d) A Catholic priest in the room.

11. What is a test feared by Senegalese women?
(a) A test to learn if a woman is pregnant.
(b) A ritual to discover if a woman is a virgin.
(c) Their sisters-in-law have to take down the new widows' hair.
(d) The widow(s) have to be branded.

12. Which of Aissatou's brothers follow in their father's footsteps?
(a) The younger ones.
(b) None of them take up their father's occupation.
(c) She has no brothers.
(d) The older ones.

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

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

15. Who did Modou support politically?
(a) He wanted to stay part of the British empire.
(b) His own small group.
(c) The political party who opposed the dominant one.
(d) The dominant party.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the occupation of Aissatou's father?

2. What is the name of Modou's friend who Modou introduces to the narrator and her friends?

3. What does the narrator have to put up with regularly?

4. What had the deceased bought to please his second wife?

5. What is another secret revealed about the deceased?

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