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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. How long is a Gikuyu warrior's spear?
(a) Four feet long.
(b) Over six feet long.
(c) Between five and six feet.
(d) Between 3 and 4 feet.

2. Which two men are responsible for undertaking the new drive in French folklore?
(a) Proust and Lamartine.
(b) Victor Hugo and Balzac.
(c) Riviere and Varagniac.
(d) Baudelaire and Saint Exupery.

3. What is the busiest time for the majority of the women?
(a) Planting time.
(b) Weeding time.
(c) Hut-building time.
(d) Harvesting-time.

4. What was the name of the chief who entered into a treaty with the Europeans and was then deported and died on his way to the coast?
(a) Kikumboo.
(b) Waiyaki
(c) Kaigumbi.
(d) Wukumbi.

5. In what year was the big land case brought before the Supreme Court in Nairobi?
(a) 1922.
(b) 1923.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1921.

Short Answer Questions

1. Kenyatta gave evidence before the Morris Carter Kenya Land Commission in London in what year?

2. How did the medicine man refer to the railway coming to Africa?

3. When did Kenyatta learn about a new religious cult?

4. What was the condition that the nine men had to agree to if they wanted to marry Gikuyu's daughters?

5. Where was the resting place of the Divider of the Universe, the creator of the Gikuyu tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the cultural and historical traditions of the Gikuyu people handed down from generation to generation?

2. What are cattle used for in Gikuyu society?

3. What happens when the father, the owner of the land, dies?

4. What are sheep and goats used for in Gikuyu society?

5. How does a man go about buying land from a Gikuyu?

6. What is considered to be the most important aspect of Gikuyu society and why?

7. What are the basic units of the Gikuyu tribe?

8. To whom is Kenyatta particularly indebted to in the writing of the book?

9. What work do the Gikuyu men do?

10. Why does Malinkowski write that we can't criticize Kenyatta for belief in magic?

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