Nelson Mandela: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide for Students and Homeschoolers
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
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
Trusted Sources for Facts About Nelson Mandela
- Nelson Mandela - Biographical
Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize
- Timeline – Nelson Mandela Foundation
This timeline puts the life and times of Nelson Mandela in order and will be the source of many of the questions on my quiz.
- The Revolutionary - The Black Pimpernel | The Long Walk Of Nelson Mandela | FRONTLINE | PBS
"Living Underground Requires a Seismic Psychological Shift" - A short chapter from Mandela's memoirs offering anecdotes about life as a fugitive and his various hideaways and disguises.
- Biography – Nelson Mandela Foundation
- South Africa - Government
- Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
Bio.com looks back at the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who died today at the age of 95.
Many Tears Were Cried at Nelson Mandela's Funeral
The Whole World Mourned the Death of Nelson Mandela
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