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. During what years did Kenyatta start and edit the first Gikuyu journal?

2. What is iron beaten into a heap is called?

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

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

5. What do the Gikuyu call their grandmother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are cattle used for in Gikuyu society?

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

3. Explain the place of the father in the Gikuyu society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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) 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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