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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 Mr. Roos add to the trap to make it more effective?
(a) Fetid meat.
(b) A second goat.
(c) Poison.
(d) A dog.

2. How much money did Tilly's sister send her?
(a) Ten pounds.
(b) Twenty-five pounds.
(c) Fifty pounds.
(d) Thirty pounds.

3. Why was Hereward embarrassed around the Kikuyu men?
(a) They were completely naked.
(b) They were drunk.
(c) They were underdressed.
(d) They smelled.

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

5. What was the biggest concern about moving the object in the previous question?
(a) Being attacked by bandits.
(b) Crossing the river.
(c) Going around a lake.
(d) The weight was too much for the cart.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the only common element in the different styles of traps built for leopards?

2. What did Mrs. Nimmo add to Elspeth's list of required subjects?

3. What was the rumor about Lettice's marriage to an older man at 18?

4. What did Robin pretend to threaten to get Sammy to lift the curse?

5. How many leopards were killed during the hunt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Hereward express a willingness to die in a violent storm?

2. How did the Kikuyu and Masai differ in their approaches to hunting?

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

4. How did Ian describe Ahmed's people (Somalis), whom he had lived among before coming to Africa?

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

6. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.

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

8. How did the Kikuyu deal with the suffering of animals?

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

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

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