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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Daouda Dieng ask of the narrator?
(a) He does not come back to visit again.
(b) To run on a socialist ticket with him.
(c) To ask her advice about his youngest son.
(d) To marry him.

2. What is the reason the narrator gives for not marrying Daouda Dieng?
(a) She does not want to be in another polygamous marriage.
(b) She is too old for that kind of foolishness.
(c) She is moving to the United States.
(d) She despises Daouda Dieng.

3. In what way does the narrator believe lies her happiness?
(a) Moving to the United States to live with Aissatou.
(b) Being part of a couple.
(c) Giving her children to relatives to raise.
(d) Killing herself.

4. Who informs the narrator of the marriage?
(a) Diang Douba
(b) Modou
(c) Tamsir
(d) Mawdo Bw

5. How does the narrator respond to Daouda Dieng's question from #134 above?
(a) She give no response hoping he'll forget.
(b) She says no.
(c) She say yes.
(d) She asks for a year's wait.

6. How many years have the narrator and Modou been married when he takes a second wife?
(a) 25
(b) 19
(c) 33
(d) 12

7. What does the narrator think of Aissatou's choice to leave her husband and move to the United States?
(a) That Aissatou should have stayed.
(b) That Aissatou never loved Mawdo.
(c) The narrator approves of the choice.
(d) That Aissatou is immoral.

8. What does Daba suggest that her mother (the narrator) do?
(a) To ask for marriage counseling.
(b) To put up with it.
(c) She encourages her mother to follow Aissatou's footsteps and leave her husband.
(d) To find herself a second husband.

9. Who are attracted to the narrator as a prospective wife?
(a) No one because the narrator is too old.
(b) Men who want her inheritance.
(c) Men who want a traditional, submissive wife.
(d) Men who want a woman who can earn a paycheck.

10. When Daouda Dieng returns, what does he say he appreciates?
(a) Senegal's socialism.
(b) Talking politics with the narrator's children.
(c) Having been a successful physcian.
(d) The narrator's rice pudding.

11. What does the narrator fear about her child-raising skills?
(a) That she was too strict.
(b) That she let her mother-in-law take care of the kids too much.
(c) That she relied upon Modou too much.
(d) That she has been too permissive.

12. Who seems to have romantic intentions for the narrator since Modou left her?
(a) Seema.
(b) Daouda Dieng.
(c) Mawda.
(d) No one since the narrator is still officially married.

13. Who is disappointed about how the narrator handles Aissatou's problem?
(a) Aissatou the elder.
(b) Mawbe.
(c) Modou.
(d) Farmata.

14. What does the narrator do to fill the void her husband's loss leaves?
(a) Babysits her grandchildren.
(b) Tries to find another husband.
(c) Travels around the world.
(d) Listens to the radio all the time.

15. How does the narrator view herself at age fifty?
(a) As a good catch for a wife.
(b) As someone whose life is almost over.
(c) As someone too old to attract another man.
(d) As a liberated woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. In whom has Modou begun showing an interest?

2. Who makes repairs around the narrator's house now that her husband has abandoned her?

3. How does the narrator feel about Modou even several years after he marries Binetou?

4. How does the narrator act upon hearing the news?

5. How does Nabou feel about Mawdo?

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