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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 was Elspeth awakened by after going to bed during the party?
(a) Hyenas.
(b) Gunshots.
(c) Screaming.
(d) Loud singing.

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

3. What crop did Stilbeck insist would be easy to grow on the farm?
(a) Coffee.
(b) Peanuts.
(c) Yams.
(d) Tea.

4. In what year was the Huxley family heading to Thika?
(a) 1915.
(b) 1913.
(c) 1910.
(d) 1909.

5. What did Juma falsely claim the Kikuyu ate?
(a) Pigs.
(b) Snakes.
(c) Human corpses.
(d) Lizards.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many acres of land did Robin buy from Roger Stilbeck?

2. What are siafu?

3. Why was Alec Wilson in Africa?

4. What faith did Juma claim to be?

5. What was Randall Smith's nationality?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

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

3. Why were the natives so eager to bring their children to Tilly?

4. Briefly describe Elspeth's education in Africa.

5. Why was Robin having a difficult time with the oxen?

6. Why was Tilly so overwhelmed by Africa in the first few weeks in Thika?

7. How did Elsepth Huxley describe the smell of Africa?

8. Why were the natives so fascinated by the lamp, but did not care about the gramophone?

9. What kind of person did Ian Crawford appear to be?

10. How did Mrs. Palmer react to the condition of the man who was attacked and murdered on her property?

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