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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did most of the farmers do as the New Year came?

2. What building material did Njombo refuse to use?

3. Why was Alec Wilson in Africa?

4. What game did Mrs. Palmer play with Tilly to get her mind off the dying man?

5. What crop was Smith growing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the differences between Mrs. Nimmo and Tilly come through in their first meeting?

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

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

4. Why was Tilly so overwhelmed by Africa in the first few weeks in Thika?

5. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

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

7. How did Robin and Kupanya differ in their approach to negotiating the terms of a workers' contract?

8. How did Elsepth Huxley describe the smell of Africa?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Despite his lack of success in a number of endeavors, Robin Huxley continued dreaming of fortune and moved his family to Africa in his latest attempt. At one point, Robin and Tilly have an interesting exchange about other settlers, debating whether they are romantics or fools. Based on Robin's behavior, which category did he belong in? Were his dreams realistic or was he pursuing a pipe dream? Is there in fact a big difference between a romantic and a fool?

Essay Topic 2

Elspeth Huxley described in detail the process of leaving Thika to return to England during the war. Write an essay describing the attitudes displayed by both the natives and the European settlers as the war descended. How were people on each side of the cultural divide affected by their experiences? How did the natives view the Huxley family?

Essay Topic 3

Njombo was accused by Sammy of causing the death of his third wife and the maiming of his son. In response, Sammy places a curse on Njombo, which very nearly kills him. Write an essay explaining why a firm belief in the power of curses could actually lead to someone's death. Would Njombo had survived if the chief had not arranged for the curse to be lifted? How powerful is the human mind when it comes to health? Why were the Europeans determined to save Njombo by focusing on the curse rather than using Western medicine?

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