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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 natural phenomenon did Tilly and Ian comment on at the end of Chapter 12?
(a) An approaching storm.
(b) The sunrise.
(c) The sunset.
(d) A river.

2. What animal did Elspeth worry would attack her pony, Twinkle?
(a) A duiker.
(b) A python.
(c) A leopard.
(d) A hyena.

3. What was the subject of the book given to Elspeth by Robin?
(a) Buffalo Bill.
(b) Paul Bunyan.
(c) Johnny Appleseed.
(d) Wild Bill Hickock.

4. How many goats did Tilly say the District Commissioner would fine Kupanya if the curse were not lifted?
(a) 50.
(b) 100.
(c) 80.
(d) 150.

5. What was the name of the bay horse?
(a) Lucifer.
(b) Beezlebub.
(c) Satan.
(d) Devil.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was special about the animal killed by the hunters in Chapter 12?

3. How many unmarried daughters did Robin's Aunt Veronica have?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?

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

4. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.

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

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

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

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

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

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