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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 was the only common element in the different styles of traps built for leopards?
(a) The use of strips of meat as bait.
(b) The digging of a pit.
(c) The use of goats as bait.
(d) The use of poison.

2. What were Hereward and the Kikuyu hunting in Chapter 11?
(a) Guinea-fowl.
(b) Hyenas.
(c) Whydah-birds.
(d) Leopards.

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

4. What were the villagers sacrificing?
(a) A python.
(b) A bull.
(c) A goat.
(d) A duiker.

5. How did Kupanya lift the curse?
(a) He hired a wizard.
(b) He hired a shaman.
(c) He convinced Njombo that it was fake.
(d) He convinced Sammy to lift it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Sammy's new wife's name?

2. What was the subject of the book given to Elspeth by Robin?

3. Why did Hereward dismiss the Dutch hunting skills?

4. Who accompanied Tilly to Kupanya to discuss the bewitching?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the other adults so upset at Mr. Roos for trapping the leopard?

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

3. How did the other Europeans and the Kikuyu feel about the Italian priests at the mission?

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

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

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

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

8. What did the Kikuyu do to preserve memories of the dead?

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

10. Why was Lettice convinced that she brought disaster on her loved ones?

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