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

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

3. Why was Tilly upset about Roger Stilbeck's letter?
(a) He was telling the Huxleys how wonderful the land was.
(b) He was ordering them to begin planting coffee.
(c) He was telling her whom to be friends with.
(d) He was asking for more money.

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

5. What color are Elspeth Huxley's eyes?
(a) Green.
(b) Blue.
(c) Brown.
(d) Hazel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Robin's primary goal in his travels?

2. What did the Kikuyu do if someone died inside a hut?

3. What was Randall Smith's nationality?

4. What did Jock Nimmo spend most of his time doing?

5. What game did Mrs. Palmer play with Tilly to get her mind off the dying man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the relationship the Kikuyu had with their surroundings.

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

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