Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
Among the motivations for coming to Africa, mentioned by some of the settlers, was a desire to "bring civilization" to the locals. What exactly did they mean by that? Were they interested in bringing technologies and scientific advancements, or were they interested in more fundamental cultural changes (such as religion, government, etc.)? In what ways did the Africans benefit from some of the things brought by the Europeans? In what ways would their cultures have suffered irreversible damage? Were there things the Africans could have taught the Europeans had they been more open-minded? Is it ever possible to share advanced technologies with another culture without damaging that culture?
Essay Topic 2
Elspeth Huxley pointed out that the Kikuyu language did not have any words for "thank you" and that the Europeans therefore often accused them of ingratitude. Why did the Kikuyu lack the words to express gratitude? Were they truly lacking in gratitude? How important are words in expressing thanks? Did they seem to display gratitude toward one another? Was Elspeth perhaps right when she said the natives simply viewed the Europeans as different and therefore, not in need of thanks?
Essay Topic 3
The Huxleys encountered two "foreign" concepts in marriage during their stay in Africa--the notion of a "bride-price" paid to the prospective bride's family, and polygamy. Discuss how these two practices could have impacted the society in Thika. What would have been accomplished by Njombo paying a family for a bride? Why was he not allowed to marry her without sufficient goats to give? Did the woman appear to have any say in the matter? How did the multiple wives live? What were the European attitudes toward these practices?
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