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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 animals did Robin have a hard time handling?
(a) Buffaloes.
(b) Chickens.
(c) Oxen.
(d) Pigs.

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

3. What was Elspeth eating in a "funny" way at Mrs. Nimmo's the day after the party?
(a) Poached eggs.
(b) Scrambled eggs.
(c) Pancakes.
(d) Waffles.

4. What kind of background did Robin say would cause a chameleon to explode?
(a) A piece of camoflage.
(b) An argyle sock.
(c) A tartan rug.
(d) A polka-dotted rug.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What crop did Stilbeck insist would be easy to grow on the farm?

2. What did the author refer to as "that sovereign remedy for almost everything"?

3. Why did Mr. Roos kick Sammy?

4. According to Tilly, what was a main cause of the native children's bloated stomachs?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

3. Why did Mrs. Palmer tell Elspeth Huxley that she should get two of any animal she wished to keep as a pet?

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

5. What did the Masai consider the greatest glory of mankind?

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

7. What was Lettice Palmer's first reaction to the health conditions in Africa?

8. What were the Huxley's first impressions upon seeing the land that they had bought?

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

10. How did Juma view the local inhabitants outside of Nairobi?

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