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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 did the narrator's mother feel about the narrator's relationship with Modou?
(a) She didn't know about it.
(b) She was not alive at the time.
(c) She disapproved of it at first.
(d) She thought it was wonderful.

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

3. What does Mawdo, Aissatou's husband, admire about his father-in-law?
(a) His ability to work though he is handicapped.
(b) His willingness to cry at his daughter's wedding.
(c) His prize cow.
(d) His dexterity and artistry.

4. What is the difference between the men and women during the gathering for the deceased?
(a) The women talk and the men are silent.
(b) The men are loud and boisterous while the women weep quietly.
(c) The men are dressed in native garb, but not the women.
(d) The men eat but the women do not.

5. What does the deceased do when he meets Binetou?
(a) Forces her to climb the Ngorongoro crator with him.
(b) Sends her to live with his brother as a third wife.
(c) Removes her from school.
(d) Sends her to school to learn how to manage the farmstead.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Modou do with his degree?

2. What does Aunty Nabou demand?

3. What do the participants donate to this person's funeral?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the relationship between Modou and his first wife, the narrator? Do you think it is Binetou's fault for how Modou handles his two marriages?

2. Describe the wake scene for Modou.

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

4. What does the narrator think of those who go to school instead of learning traditional crafts?

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

6. How do the narrator and her friends make their lives better?

7. 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?

8. What is one thing that school does for the narrator?

9. How does the narrator feel about the problems with Aissatou?

10. What evidence is there that racism exists in Senegal? What is the narrator's response to the problem?

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