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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. How is Aunty Nabou received when she arrives at her destination?
(a) With hesitation.
(b) She is asked to return home immediately.
(c) With cold obligatory rituals.
(d) Like a princess.

2. Who does Aissatou marry?
(a) Moudou.
(b) Daouda Dieng.
(c) Mawdo Bw.
(d) Douda Raaw.

3. Who is Daouda Dieng?
(a) The head of the police in Senegal.
(b) The boy her mother prefers over Modou.
(c) The narrator's maternal uncle.
(d) The narrator's brother.

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

5. According to the narrator, what is the purpose of teaching?
(a) To earn an above-average salary.
(b) To shape young people's minds.
(c) To influence the next generation of men.
(d) To get out of household chores.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Modou's letters to the narrator while getting his degree, for what did he say he longed?

2. What is the difference between the narrator's friends and fellow teachers versus her in-laws?

3. What does Aunty Nabou demand?

4. What was the narrator's first impression of her future husband?

5. What field is Modou's degree?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one thing that school does for the narrator?

2. How does the family feel about Ibrahima?

3. What is happening to the narrator's daughter, Aissitou, who is named for the narrator's best friend in the United States.

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

5. What does Modou do upon returning from France?

6. Describe the wake scene for Modou.

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

8. What are some things Daouda does when he visits the narrator that implies his future offer of marriage?

9. Discuss the ritual of taking down the hair.

10. How is Daouda Dieng significant to the narrator?

(see the answer keys)

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