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 serves as churches for the Gikuyu?

2. What do the girls and their sponsors do in the hut on the day of circumcision?

3. What does Kenyatta fear western education will do to the Gikuyu society?

4. What is the school in the Gikuyu nation?

5. What is the first stage of Gikuyu courtship?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the harvesting ceremony.

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

3. Describe the rise of new religions in Africa.

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

5. What did the Gikuyu constitution state?

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

7. What must a Gikuyu boy do when he wants to get married?

8. What are the three types of Gikuyu spirituality?

9. Where do the Gikuyu worship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following essay topics.

1) Describe Gikuyu hut building. Who builds the huts? How long does it take?

2) Describe a Gikuyu woman's hut.

3) Describe a Gikuyu man's hut.

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) 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?

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