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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 is the goal of the narrator's education?
(a) To enable her to home school her children.
(b) To earn a degree.
(c) To make her attractive to men.
(d) To emancipate her from the traditional roles of African women.

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

3. What does the deceased do when he meets Binetou?
(a) Removes her from school.
(b) Sends her to school to learn how to manage the farmstead.
(c) Sends her to live with his brother as a third wife.
(d) Forces her to climb the Ngorongoro crator with him.

4. Who did Modou support politically?
(a) The dominant party.
(b) The political party who opposed the dominant one.
(c) He wanted to stay part of the British empire.
(d) His own small group.

5. Why is this test feared by Senegalese women?
(a) It reveals what others think about her.
(b) It determines who will marry her.
(c) It can sometimes result in death.
(d) It is very painful.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What profession does Aunty Nabou insist her niece take up?

3. When did the narrator realize that Modou was the man for her for life?

4. What keeps Mawdo busy as a physician?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is Mawdo Bw's attitude towards his marriage and father-in-law?

5. What is the response to the taking down of the hair by each wife?

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

7. How does Daouda ask for Ramatoulaye's hand in marriage and what is her response?

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

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

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

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