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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the weapon of the Gikuyu God?
(a) Lightning.
(b) The teeth of wild African animals.
(c) Torrential rains.
(d) Sharp rocks.

2. How many women are Gikuyu men allowed to marry?
(a) As many as they can support.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Twenty-five.
(d) Twenty.

3. What are taught as underlying principles of Gikuyu education?
(a) Familial relations, living and dead and age groupings.
(b) How to make weapons and pottery.
(c) How to be agriculturists.
(d) Tribal legends.

4. How do the Gikuyu people finally kill the evil spirits?
(a) Suffocate them.
(b) Burn them.
(c) Drown them.
(d) Strangle them.

5. Why does Kenyatta feel the Gikuyu form of education is better than formal education.
(a) The child is happier with this kind of education.
(b) The child isn't exposed to the wrong ideas.
(c) The child is learning all the time.
(d) The child doesn't have to leave the home.

6. When can the Gikuyu people participate in the government?
(a) After marriage.
(b) After having children.
(c) After owning land.
(d) After circumcision.

7. What does Kenyatta fear about western education?
(a) Individualistic teaching.
(b) Religious teaching.
(c) Western subjects.
(d) Foreign languages.

8. What is the circumcision of both sexes regarded as in Gikuyu society?
(a) The unification of the whole tribe.
(b) A necessary ordeal.
(c) A time to fight fear.
(d) Something that should be eventually banned.

9. What is the first stage of Gikuyu courtship?
(a) The boy sings outside the girl's hut in the evening.
(b) The boy sends gifts to the girl's hut.
(c) The boy and his friends visit the home of the girl.
(d) The boy asks the girl's father for her hand in marriage.

10. When a man becomes ill, ________________ are sought.
(a) Medicine men.
(b) Elders.
(c) Gikuyu gods.
(d) Seers.

11. Where do the men, women, and children beat the bushes to chase the evil spirits away?
(a) At the river.
(b) Toward the center of the village.
(c) In the jungle.
(d) Toward Mount Kenya.

12. What animal is sacrificed to the Gikuyu god?
(a) A goat.
(b) A lamb.
(c) A cow.
(d) A kid.

13. What do the boys and girls do after the location of the surgery is blessed and ancestral spirits appeased?
(a) They kneel and pray to their ancestors.
(b) They dance in a circle.
(c) They eat a special food.
(d) They go to the same tree.

14. What was the first ruler of the Gikuyu people like?
(a) Stupid.
(b) Beloved by the people.
(c) Benevolent.
(d) Tyrannical.

15. How many wives do Gikuyu men usually have?
(a) Around fifteen.
(b) Around ten.
(c) Around sixteen.
(d) Around twenty-five.

Short Answer Questions

1. When do the Gikuyu make sacrifices to their god?

2. What do the fathers teach their young sons?

3. In what year did members of the new religion clash with police?

4. How many men do Gikuyu women usually marry?

5. To what does Kenyatta attribute the rise of different religions?

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