Facing Mount Kenya; the Tribal Life of Gikuyu Test | Final 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. At what age is the first stage of Gikuyu youth marked?

2. When is the piercing of the child's lobe done?

3. How is the first stage of youth marked in the Gikuyu tribe?

4. What did the Gikuyus consider "white man's magic"?

5. What does the bride do when the husband's relatives come to take her to his hut?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the Gikuyu constitution state?

2. What are reasons for divorce in Gikuyu society?

3. Describe the stages of youth in the Gikuyu society.

4. Describe the initiation of a Gikuyu girl.

5. What happens once all the dowry animals are paid to the parents of the bride?

6. What is the school in the Gikuyu nation? How do the mothers and nurses educate the very young?

7. What happens when a man has a hut suitable for his wife?

8. What happens when a Gikuyu girl accepts a boy in marriage?

9. Whom do the Gikuyu worship as God?

10. How many wives does a Gikuyu man usually have? How many husbands does a Gikuyu woman usually have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe why Kenyatta is so well suited to write an ethnography of the Gikuyu tribe. What are his credentials?

2) Who is Bronislav Malinowski and how did he help Kenyatta with his book?

3) Explain Kenyatta's reason for writing the book.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe the harvesting ceremony.

2) Describe the ceremony to chase away illness and disease.

3) Describe the communion of Gikuyus with their ancestors. What does Kenyatta compare it with in European culture?

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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