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. In what year did members of the new religion clash with police?

2. Who leads the initiates to the homestead?

3. Where are the strips of the sacrificial animal buried ?

4. What does Kenyatta fear about western education?

5. How does a Gikuyu marriage come about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Gikuyu father teach his son?

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

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

4. What are reasons for divorce in Gikuyu society?

5. Whom do the Gikuyu worship as God?

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

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

8. Describe the initiation of a Gikuyu girl.

9. Describe the planting ceremony.

10. How did the Gikuyu society become democratic?

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) How did the making of iron come about in the Gikuyu tribe?

2) Describe how the Gikuyu make iron.

3) What do the Gikuyus make out of iron?

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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