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. How many of the Gikuyu live as squatters on farms on European land?

2. When the Europeans first came to Gikuyuland, how did the Gikuyu regard them?

3. How high should the crops be when weeding is begun?

4. What quote from William James was in the Introduction to the book?

5. What are Gikuyu shields made of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kenyatta speaking of when he refers to those "professional friends of the African"?

2. What work do the Gikuyu women do?

3. What qualities does Kenyatta exhibit in his book that are rare among students of social science?

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

5. What work do the Gikuyu men do?

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

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

8. Describe the hut of a male Gikuyu.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe what the Gikuyus do when rain fails to fall normally. What do the seers do?

2) Describe the ceremony of sacrificing a lamb to Ngai, the Gikuyu God.

3) Describe the Gikuyu planting ceremony.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) What work do the Gikuyu women do?

2) What work do the Gikuyu men do?

3) Describe what cattle, sheep, and goats are used for in the Gikuyu culture?

Essay Topic 3

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe hate magic and when it is used.

2) What is destructive magic considered to be by the Gikuyu people? How do they view it? What happened to people who practiced it before the Europeans came?

3) Describe how witch's poison is made. Who knows how to make it? What does it contain?

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