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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 does the narrator have to put up with regularly?
(a) Her sisters-in-law and mother-in-law's frequent intrusions.
(b) Babysitting her nieces and nephews.
(c) Snakes in the house.
(d) Her mother offering advice.

2. What is Daouda Dieng's occupation?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Professor.
(c) Herdsman.
(d) Physician.

3. How many sons does Aunty Nabou have?
(a) Just one, Mawdo.
(b) Five.
(c) Six.
(d) None.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Aissatou marry?

2. What is the narrator's state of mind at the opening of the book?

3. What is the goal of the narrator's education?

4. Of what significance is the narrator's unconventional marriage?

5. To whom do the wives give money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator learn of Modou's new wife and what is she told?

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

3. What is the irony in the marriage offer from Dauoda?

4. What is a mirasse?

5. What does Ramatoulaye feel about Daouda and his offer of marriage?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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