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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 gives the narrator the ability to buck her family and marry who she wishes?
(a) She is pregnant.
(b) Because her future husband is blackmailing her.
(c) What she learns in school.
(d) Her great-Aunt who did the same.

2. Who does little Nabou marry at Aunty Nabou's insistence?
(a) Modou.
(b) Mawdo.
(c) No one; her aunt insists she remain single.
(d) Dieng Dw.

3. What had the deceased bought to please his second wife?
(a) Two thoroughbred horses for racing.
(b) A nice villa.
(c) A diamond necklace.
(d) A new mercedes benz.

4. What is the occupation of Aissatou's father?
(a) Blacksmith.
(b) Politician.
(c) Physician.
(d) Painter.

5. For whom does Modou work?
(a) The president of the country.
(b) Trade union organizations.
(c) Shell oil.
(d) The tribal chieftain.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, what did Modou do to gain her as a wife?

2. What does Modou think of the policies of the dominant party?

3. What does Aunty Nabou demand?

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

5. Why is this test feared by Senegalese women?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the ritual of taking down the hair.

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why does the narrator rush to the hospital and what does she find?

(see the answer keys)

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