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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. How many years has the narrator been married to the deceased?
(a) 55
(b) 1
(c) 22
(d) 30

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

3. What does the narrator have to put up with regularly?
(a) Her mother offering advice.
(b) Her sisters-in-law and mother-in-law's frequent intrusions.
(c) Snakes in the house.
(d) Babysitting her nieces and nephews.

4. What does Modou do with his degree?
(a) He works toward the advancement of his country.
(b) He goes to work for an environmental firm.
(c) He builds a hospital.
(d) He designs a model city.

5. How do many of the young people consider traditional crafts?
(a) As not worth learning.
(b) As beneath them.
(c) As a necessary evil.
(d) As an honorable profession.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Daouda Dieng's occupation?

2. How did the narrator's mother feel about the narrator's relationship with Modou?

3. How many sons does Aunty Nabou have?

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

5. What does the narrator wonder about those who come to acknowledge the deceased person?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the ritual of taking down the hair.

2. Why is Mawdo's life as a physician successful and what are the implications of this?

3. What is Mawdo's response to Aissatou?

4. What does Modou do upon returning from France?

5. How does the narrator feel about Tamsir's (Modou's brother) offer of marriage to take place after the mourning period? Why does Tamsir make this offer of marriage?

6. What is the response that many of those around Ramatoulaye have to the offer of marriage by Daouda and why?

7. What decision is made about Aissatou's pregnancy and how does Ramatoulaye feel about the decision?

8. What did Lady Mother-in-Law bring up at the mirasse and with what result?

9. What is a mirasse?

10. How might Aissatou's situation be a bigger problem in Senegal than for a woman with the same situation in the United States. What are the similarities?

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