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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 Kamau want the bwana to bring him from Nairobi?
(a) A watch.
(b) A book.
(c) A piano.
(d) A blanket.

2. What did Ian say the native beer tasted like?
(a) Vinegar.
(b) Piss-water.
(c) European beer.
(d) Sour yeast.

3. At what time did Elspeth's lessons begin in Chapter 20?
(a) 9:00 a.m.
(b) 6:30 a.m.
(c) 8:30 a.m.
(d) 8:00 a.m.

4. Why did Hereward dismiss the Dutch hunting skills?
(a) They were only interested in selling pelts.
(b) They were only capable of trapping.
(c) They were not brave.
(d) They were not skillful with rifles.

5. What did Lettice do during thunderstorms?
(a) Retreated to the cellar.
(b) Prayed.
(c) Hid in a cupboard or under bedclothes.
(d) Went outside because she enjoyed them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Elspeth sleep on?

2. What were Hereward and the Kikuyu hunting in Chapter 11?

3. How much money did Tilly's sister send her?

4. What creatures emerged after the rains?

5. How many spare rooms did the Palmer's stone bungalow have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

2. How did the adults try to comfort Elspeth when she could not go on the safari, and did it work?

3. What did Tilly think was the ultimate reason for the Europeans to be in Africa?

4. How did Elspeth view the planned hunt versus the actual hunt?

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

6. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?

7. Why were Tilly and Lettice suspicious of Mr. Roos' behavior toward Elspeth?

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

9. How did the Europeans view the difference between a bribe and a tip?

10. Why did Robin agree with the Italian priests in their refusal to baptize or help Njombo?

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