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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author refer to as "that sovereign remedy for almost everything"?
(a) Cod-liver oil.
(b) Ether.
(c) Epsom salts.
(d) Turpentine.

2. What natural phenomenon did Mrs. Palmer see in her travels to Scandinavia?
(a) A comet.
(b) A total solar eclipse.
(c) A total lunar eclipse.
(d) The aurora borealis.

3. What creatures did Crawford say were shy?
(a) Pythons.
(b) Doves.
(c) Eagles.
(d) Cobras.

4. What had the missionaries and the Government convinced the Kikuyu to adopt?
(a) Dresses.
(b) Trousers.
(c) Ties.
(d) Blankets.

5. What did Robin agree to pay for the work?
(a) Goats.
(b) Pigs.
(c) Lamps.
(d) Coffee beans.

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

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

8. What are siafu?
(a) Warrior ants.
(b) Tse-tse flies.
(c) Termites.
(d) Mosquitoes.

9. What did Elspeth call her pony?
(a) Moyale.
(b) Lancelot.
(c) Galahad.
(d) Charlemagne.

10. How long was the journey from Nairobi to Thika?
(a) Three days.
(b) One day.
(c) Five days.
(d) Two days.

11. In the folktale, what resulted from the chameleon's failure to deliver God's message?
(a) Humans eventually die.
(b) The sun sets each day.
(c) The dry season comes each year.
(d) The moon disappears each month.

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

13. What did Elspeth say she wanted more than anything?
(a) A pony.
(b) A chameleon.
(c) A duiker.
(d) A snake.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What instrument were the Palmers bringing to Africa?

3. What was the name of the Irishwoman known for her fearlessness?

4. What birds did Crawford and Elspeth observe doing a mating ritual?

5. What kind of background did Robin say would cause a chameleon to explode?

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