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

2. To where does Aunty Nabou travel?
(a) South Africa.
(b) Diakhao.
(c) Kenya.
(d) Englands.

3. What is another secret revealed about the deceased?
(a) He had abandoned his first wife (the narrator) and her children to live with Binetou.
(b) He made a pact with an Inman to send his son to England.
(c) He had four illegitimate children.
(d) He never legally married his second wife.

4. Which of Aissatou's brothers follow in their father's footsteps?
(a) The younger ones.
(b) None of them take up their father's occupation.
(c) She has no brothers.
(d) The older ones.

5. How might one describe the culture of the Senegal people?
(a) They don't really have a distinct culture separate from other African countries.
(b) Adaptable.
(c) Rigid.
(d) Complex and difficult to understand.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Daouda Dieng?

2. Who did Modou support politically?

3. Who is Aissatou?

4. Of what does the younger generation speak?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence of Modou's negligence to his first family is there? How does the narrator react?

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

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

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

5. Compare and contrast the second marriages of Mawdo and Modou.

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

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

8. How does the narrator adapt to the absence of her husband, Modou?

9. How does the narrator react to the news and what does she think?

10. What is Mawdo's response to Aissatou?

(see the answer keys)

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