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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. What did the deceased give Lady Mother-in-Law when he desires to marry Binetou?
(a) A trip to Europe.
(b) A signed paper in which he committed to paying Binetou a monthly salary.
(c) A new home.
(d) Three cows and a bull.

2. How did the men of Senegal treat an educated woman?
(a) In awe that they could achieve such a difficult goal.
(b) The men would often insult educated women but desired them also.
(c) They would not marry any woman who went to school past sixth grade.
(d) With deference.

3. How many children did the second wife bear the deceased?
(a) 3
(b) 1
(c) 9
(d) 0

4. What is the family's response to the narrator's non-traditional simple wedding ceremony?
(a) Excited that she is using her education to change traditions.
(b) Disapproval.
(c) They do not believe it is sufficient to be legal.
(d) Glad that it does not cost much.

5. What is the first thing the narrator says in her letter?
(a) That her eldest daughter is dead.
(b) That she has just had a baby boy.
(c) That she has moved to Canada.
(d) That she lost her husband today.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How might one describe the culture of the Senegal people?

3. What is one secret revealed about the deceased?

4. Why is the narrator upset about the sister-in-laws song?

5. What do the narrator and her friends do at their house parties?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first of Modou's secrets that is revealed?

2. What tradition surrounding her husband's death does the narrator dislike and why?

3. What does Ramatoulaye tease her friend, Aissatou, about, but what evidence is there that she accepts her friend?

4. How does Mawdo's mother take revenge agains Aissatou?

5. Why do you think the narrator still puts up with her in-laws who irritate her and who continue to visit despite the fact that Modou is no longer living with the narrator?

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

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

8. What is Mawdo's response to Aissatou?

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

10. What decision does Ramatoulaye make about her three daughters (the "trio") in light of Aissatou's out-of-wedlock pregnancy?

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