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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the natives take after negotiating payment for work?
(a) The sewing machine.
(b) Lamps.
(c) Tin cups.
(d) The gramophone.

2. How was Wilson trying to learn the skills of farming?
(a) By seeking the help of local Africans.
(b) By seeking the help of other European settlers.
(c) By simply doing it.
(d) By reading textbooks and government reports.

3. What items did Mrs. Palmer say would need their own stable?
(a) The couple's horses.
(b) Captain Palmer's trophies.
(c) The couple's furniture.
(d) The couple's cars.

4. What was Njombo saving up the goats for?
(a) A bride.
(b) A farm.
(c) To give to his parents.
(d) A blood price.

5. Where was Mr. Nimmo allegedly detained on business?
(a) Liberia.
(b) South Africa.
(c) Tanzania.
(d) Belgian Congo.

6. How did Captain Palmer plan to build his house?
(a) He did the work himself.
(b) He hired the natives.
(c) He hired a Nairobi contractor.
(d) He hired other settlers.

7. How did Randall Smith spend his Sundays?
(a) Attending church services.
(b) Planting gardens.
(c) Searching for lions and buffaloes.
(d) Negotiating business deals.

8. What birds did Crawford and Elspeth observe doing a mating ritual?
(a) Whydah.
(b) Eagle.
(c) Ostrich.
(d) Dove.

9. What was Robin's primary goal in his travels?
(a) Running a ranch.
(b) Farming.
(c) Getting a government job.
(d) Finding precious stones and metals.

10. What was Sammy's ethnic mix?
(a) Kikuyu/Xhosa.
(b) Masai/Kikuyu.
(c) Kikuyu/Swahili.
(d) Masai/Swahili.

11. Why were the Orams leaving Ruiri?
(a) They were getting more land in the Free State.
(b) They missed the Transvaal.
(c) It was getting overcrowded.
(d) They were returning to the Netherlands.

12. What faith did Juma claim to be?
(a) Christian.
(b) Shaman.
(c) Animist.
(d) Muslim.

13. Where did the jiggas dig into the body?
(a) On the scalp.
(b) Under the toenail.
(c) Under the fingernail.
(d) In the ears.

14. What did Robin initially try to use to "break the ice" with the natives?
(a) A sewing machine.
(b) A telephone.
(c) A gramaphone.
(d) A radio.

15. What country did Mrs. Palmer like the best?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Norway.
(c) Iceland.
(d) Finland.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the murder victim's name?

2. What did Elspeth say she wanted more than anything?

3. How long was the journey from Nairobi to Thika?

4. What animals did the Huxley family take with them to Africa?

5. Why was Tilly upset about Roger Stilbeck's letter?

(see the answer keys)

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