Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. About how many miles a day could the oxen handle?
2. What items did Mrs. Palmer say would need their own stable?
3. What creatures did Crawford say were shy?
4. In what year was the Huxley family heading to Thika?
5. Where did the jiggas dig into the body?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were the natives so fascinated by the lamp, but did not care about the gramophone?
2. Why were the natives so eager to bring their children to Tilly?
3. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?
4. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?
5. How did Ian describe Ahmed's people (Somalis), whom he had lived among before coming to Africa?
6. What did the Masai consider the greatest glory of mankind?
7. What did Dirk's behavior in Londiani (where he abandoned Elspeth) suggest about his character?
8. Why did Elspeth believe that Lettice had changed when she seemed on the verge of teasing the little girl?
9. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.
10. How did the other Europeans and the Kikuyu feel about the Italian priests at the mission?
While riding to Londiani, Dirk told Elspeth a detailed story about the arduous trek taken by his Boer family to their new home. Write an essay describing how these experiences influenced Dirk's behavior as an adult. Was his upbringing in a self-sufficient environment a factor in his willing abandonment of Elspeth? Was he bitter toward the English? Did he seem to have any regard for the natives? How did Dirk compare to the other Dutchman encountered in the book, Mr. Roos?
Lettice Palmer expressed fear about the potential for the Europeans' work in Africa to disappear without a trace, much as the ancient Africans' work had disappeared. Was it fair for the Europeans to say that the Africans had failed to put a permanent mark on the land? Are city and temple ruins necessary to prove that a great culture once existed? Why would the ancient African cultures failed to have left behind permanent physical proof of their achievements? Why is it more difficult to find out about ancient cultures when there is a lack of ruins? Do Africans and Europeans have a similar reverence for oral tradition and history?
There is a high-spirited debate between Hereward and Robin about the difference between a bribe and a tip. The Europeans were taught to reject bribery, while bribery was essential to running many African colonies. What are the essential differences between bribes and tips? Is it simply a matter of timing? Were the Europeans making it difficult for themselves by refusing bribes? Could they have made their lives easier by adopting the local customs and accepting the use of bribes instead of tips?
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