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 is the value of a bull or ox in terms of sheep or goats.

2. In what year was Kenyatta delegated to present the Gikuyu point of view with regard to land matters to the Secretary of State for the Colonies?

3. From whom did the Gikuyu buy land when they moved southward?

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

5. What has become the attitude of modern social science?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the hut of a male Gikuyu.

3. What are cattle used for in Gikuyu society?

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

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

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

7. What do the Gikuyu do for a living?

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

9. What work do the Gikuyu men do?

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) 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 2

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) In the "Conclusion" what does Kenyatta reiterate is so important about the Gikuyu culture.

2) Why does Kenyatta feel learning in the family environment is healthy?

3) Explain how reading "Facing Mount Kenya - Tribal Life of the Gikuyu" changed or didn't change your opinion of Africans. Do you now admire the Gikuyus ? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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