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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. To whom do the wives give money?
(a) Their in-laws.
(b) Their children.
(c) No one; they keep it all for themselves.
(d) The government in the form of taxes.

2. Why does the narrator believe it is useless to try to revive the person in question 5?
(a) Because death is an act of fate.
(b) Because it is this person's second heart attack this year.
(c) Because that person should die for sins commited.
(d) Because this hospital has no electric paddles.

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

4. To what does the narrator compare teachers?
(a) Slaves from the Roman times.
(b) Socrates and Aristotole.
(c) An army of priests-in charge of people's souls.
(d) Evangelical ministers.

5. What is the goal of the narrator's education?
(a) To make her attractive to men.
(b) To enable her to home school her children.
(c) To emancipate her from the traditional roles of African women.
(d) To earn a degree.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the mirasse?

3. What is Aunty Nabou's goal in raising her niece?

4. How many years has the narrator been married to the deceased?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator write in her diary as a young woman and remembers in this chapter?

3. What is a possible reason the narrator's first name is revealed in chapter 19?

4. What does Modou do upon returning from France?

5. How does Daouda ask for Ramatoulaye's hand in marriage and what is her response?

6. What is Mawdo's response to Aissatou?

7. What are two things Modou mentions in his correspondence to the narrator?

8. 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?

9. What are the narrator's concerns for some of her children?

10. How does Daba feel about her father marrying her best friend? Do you think Daba's friend, Binetou, had a choice in marrying Modou? What does the narrator think about Binetou agreement to marry the narrator's husband?

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