Facing Mount Kenya; the Tribal Life of Gikuyu Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the Gikuyu men get their wives pregnant all at the same time?

2. What can't a man get without sheep and goats?

3. The first seeds of the new historical demoralization were planted by ___________.

4. Between which two countries was the African railway built?

5. Where did Kenyatta live when he was learning the methods of warfare?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the brother of the mother and sister of the mother considered in Gikuyu society?

2. Where is the country of the Gikuyu located? How many different administrative districts exist? What is the approximate population?

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

4. How does the Gikuyu society change from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society?

5. What do the Gikuyu do for a living?

6. What enabled Kenyatta to write an ethnography of the Gikuyu tribe?

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

8. List some of the activities Kenyatta participated in which make him an excellent representative of his tribe.

9. What work do the Gikuyu women do?

10. Describe the Gikuyu hut of a woman.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Why is the love magic to obtain the love of many for one considered dangerous?

2) What are the more popular kinds of love magic?

3) Describe what is done in healing magic.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) List the eleven types of Gikuyu magic.

2) Describe how charm and protective magic is used to protect one from wild animals and harmful entities.

3) Describe the love magic used to obtain the love of many for an individual.

Essay Topic 3

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Discuss land ownership among the Gikuyus and its history.

2) What is the story of the medicine man named Mogo? What did he prophesy?

3) What must a man do in order to buy land?

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