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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why did Sammy question the wisdom of burying the murder victim?
(a) Because the Kavirondo would dig up the corpse and eat it.
(b) Because the victim was not liked by the tribe.
(c) Because murder victims were not allowed to be buried.
(d) Because the killer had not been caught.

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

4. How long did it take the workers to build their own huts?
(a) One week.
(b) Two days.
(c) Five days.
(d) Six days.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What crop was Smith growing?

2. What was Njombo saving up the goats for?

3. What was the murder victim's name?

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

5. What color are Elspeth Huxley's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lettice Palmer view Hereward's desperate attempts to impose discipline on his workers?

2. What was Mrs. Crawford's opinion of vegetarianism?

3. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

4. Why did Elspeth get upset at the end of Crawford's story about the whydah birds?

5. Briefly describe Elspeth's education in Africa.

6. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?

7. How did Huxley describe the Kikuyu attitude toward theft?

8. What became of Tilly's initial attempt to "preserve an appearance of leisured elegance"?

9. Why were the villagers so concerned about the python near the village?

10. How did Elspeth use the imagery of the kitchen beaters to convey the sense that Europeans and Africans were living in parallel worlds?

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