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. What was the founder of the Gikuyu tribe called?

2. The educated, intellectual minority of Africans were dismissed as ___________.

3. From whom did the Gikuyu buy grain?

4. What qualities does Mr. Kenyatta display which are rare among students of social science?

5. What is riika?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the origin of the Gikuyu's use of iron?

2. What does Malinkowski maintain would be a good enough reason for the book?

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

4. What happened when the descendents of Gikuyu outgrew the land?

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

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

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

8. Describe the hut of a male Gikuyu.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe how the father, mother, and grandparents are treated by other members of the family.

2) What is the difference between children of the same mother and children of the same father and the difference between the sister of the mother and the sister of the father?

3) What is the relationship of relatives by marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) According to Kenyatta , why has there been a rise of new religious groups in Africa.

2) Describe the new religions which arose in Africa.

3) What happened when the Watu wa Mngu religious group grew larger and more active?

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Essay Topic 3

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) What are the three types of Gikuyu spirituality and why are they all important to Gikuyu culture?

2) Describe the Gikuyu God, Ngai.

3) Describe Gikuyu religion.

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