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. What is a name of the Gikuyu God?

2. What is the first stage of Gikuyu courtship?

3. What is the Gikuyu word for courtship fondling?

4. What does Kenyatta think the European teacher coming to Africa should do?

5. How many sheep are slaughtered for the marriage feast?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does a Gikuyu mother teach her children?

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

3. Why does Kenyatta defend the clitoridectomy of Gikuyu girls?

4. What is circumcision required for among Gikuyus?

5. What does the Gikuyu father teach his son?

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

7. What does Kenyatta hope his analysis of the educational system of the Gikuyu will help the Europeans understand?

8. Where do the Gikuyu worship?

9. Describe the planting ceremony.

10. What did the Gikuyu constitution state?

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) 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 3

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?

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