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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 Mawdo tell the narrator about having two sons with Nabou?
(a) That women do not understand that men are partly driven by animal instincts.
(b) That he has learned to love Nabou as much as Aissatou.
(c) That he will now divorce Nabou.
(d) That he is giving the boys up for adoption.

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

3. What does Daba produce when Lady Mother-in-Law wants the monthly salary continued?
(a) An affidavit with a list of what Binetou's villa contained.
(b) A court order doubling the amount.
(c) Four witnesses that say Mother-in-Law abused the deceased.
(d) A box of jewelry for Mother-in-Law.

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

5. What does Aunty Nabou demand?
(a) Enough money to move to the West Indies.
(b) That her brother help her discipline Mawdo.
(c) That they provide her a small stipend to live on.
(d) To take little Nabou, her brother's daughter, back home with her.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the difference between the men and women during the gathering for the deceased?

3. How many sons does Aunty Nabou have?

4. How did the narrator's mother feel about the narrator's relationship with Modou?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator persist in thinking about Modou's abandonment and what does Aissatou say about it?

3. How does the family feel about Ibrahima?

4. Discuss the ritual of taking down the hair.

5. Describe the process of "making donations." How does the narrator feel about this process?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Mawdo's life as a physician successful and what are the implications of this?

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