Nelson Mandela: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide for Students and Homeschoolers

Nelson Mandela was almost always photographed with a smile on his face, although his personal life was filled with many tragedies and losses.
Nelson Mandela was almost always photographed with a smile on his face, although his personal life was filled with many tragedies and losses.

Introduction to Nelson Mandela

Robben Island in South Africa has been housing political prisoners for hundreds of years, yet very few people would know about the island had it not been the site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned for political activism.

Mandela was the first democratically-elected president of South Africa, but only after he was released from Robben Island, a prison that had also held two other South African presidents, Kgalema Motlanthe, who spent 10 years on the island as a political prisoner, as did Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa (as of 2014).

Although eventually receiving a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mandela, by his own admission, was not a gifted student, but was a poor student. He was in and out of several colleges in his attempt to obtain his degrees but managed to emerge as a mature leader and South Africa's first black chief executive.

Mandela was instrumental in helping to shape the new political system for South Africa.

There are many great articles that have been written about Mandela and I urge you to read several of them, as he was a great man and an influential leader. I have included links below to the articles I feel are the best representation of his life and political career. You should find all of the answers to the quiz within these articles.

Words to Live By

Photo taken while Mandela was in prison; he was imprisoned for 27 years before being released unconditionally in 1990.
Photo taken while Mandela was in prison; he was imprisoned for 27 years before being released unconditionally in 1990.

Video of Mandela's Life Story

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination."

- Nelson Mandela

Many Tears Were Cried at Nelson Mandela's Funeral

Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel is comforted at his funeral by his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel is comforted at his funeral by his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The Whole World Mourned the Death of Nelson Mandela

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