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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 profession does Aunty Nabou insist her niece take up?
(a) Nursing.
(b) Midwifery.
(c) Weaving.
(d) Veternarian.

2. Of what significance is the narrator's unconventional marriage?
(a) It compels new laws granting women complete freedom.
(b) It is the first one to have ever taken place in Senegal.
(c) It is symbolic of the New Africa.
(d) It is the reason she loses her teaching job.

3. Who is Aissatou?
(a) The narrator's sister-in-law.
(b) The narrator's best friend.
(c) The narrator's first college professor.
(d) The narrator's sister.

4. Who did Modou support politically?
(a) The political party who opposed the dominant one.
(b) His own small group.
(c) The dominant party.
(d) He wanted to stay part of the British empire.

5. To whom is the narrator writing her diary?
(a) Her younger sister.
(b) Her divorced husband.
(c) Her twin daughters.
(d) Her friend, Aissatou.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the narrator and her husband's romance blossom?

2. What keeps Mawdo busy as a physician?

3. What is one secret revealed about the deceased?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the response to the taking down of the hair by each wife?

4. What is special about the narrator and how is this looked upon?

5. What does the widow have to do after the funeral of her husband? How does she feel about this?

6. What is the overall tone of the end of this collection of letters?

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

8. 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?

9. What is the goal of the school the narrator attends?

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

(see the answer keys)

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