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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) Midwifery.
(b) Nursing.
(c) Veternarian.
(d) Weaving.

2. What do the narrator and her friends do at their house parties?
(a) Sell tupperware.
(b) Organize political rallies.
(c) Relive their youth to the beat of old songs.
(d) Compare and evaluate their husbands.

3. What is the mirasse?
(a) A family meeting required by the Koran where the deceased's secrets are exposed.
(b) A payment of 10 dollars from the government for the widow.
(c) A vision the widow finds on a quest in the desert.
(d) A pilgrimage to Mecca.

4. Why is the narrator upset about the donations from the people?
(a) It's too late to save others with needed medications.
(b) Most people decline to donate?
(c) The people resent donating.
(d) The people do not donate very much.

5. When did the narrator and her husband's romance blossom?
(a) After their third child was finally in school.
(b) They were not very romantic.
(c) Through their school years.
(d) The moment he saw her as a toddler.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Of what does the younger generation speak?

4. For whom does Modou work?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Farmata disappointed in how Ramatoulaye handles Aissatou's pregnancy?

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

3. Discuss the ritual of taking down the hair.

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

5. 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?

6. What is a possible reason the narrator's first name is revealed in chapter 19?

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

8. 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?

9. What does the narrator write in her diary as a young woman and remembers in this chapter?

10. What are the circumstances leading up to Modou marrying Binetou?

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