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

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

3. What special item did Lettice Palmer provide for her two dogs?
(a) Silver food bowls.
(b) Separate kennels.
(c) Cushions.
(d) Separate dog runs.

4. Why had Twinkle left the farm?
(a) She had been stolen.
(b) She had been injured.
(c) She had found a mate.
(d) She had gotten lost.

5. Why did Njombo say it would be bad luck to shoot a python?
(a) The rains would never end.
(b) There would be no rain.
(c) Hyenas would get the village's goats.
(d) The crops would fail.

Short Answer Questions

1. What finally convinced Kupanya to "lift the curse"?

2. How many goats did Tilly say the District Commissioner would fine Kupanya if the curse were not lifted?

3. What did mission-boys wear as a mark of their status?

4. What did Hereward ask Robin for help in moving?

5. What animal did Elspeth worry would attack her pony, Twinkle?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?

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

3. Why were the villagers so concerned about the python near the village?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did Ian justify the brutality of the Abyssinian leaders he encountered before coming to Africa?

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