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. What country did Mrs. Palmer like the best?
2. What kind of background did Robin say would cause a chameleon to explode?
3. What did Robin agree to pay for the work?
4. What did Elspeth say she wanted more than anything?
5. What did most of the farmers do as the New Year came?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?
2. How did Alec Wilson and Robin Huxley differ in their approaches to new, potentially profitable projects?
3. What was Lettice Palmer's first reaction to the health conditions in Africa?
4. What kind of person did Ian Crawford appear to be?
5. Why did Elspeth get upset at the end of Crawford's story about the whydah birds?
6. Why were Tilly and Lettice suspicious of Mr. Roos' behavior toward Elspeth?
7. How did Mrs. Palmer react to the condition of the man who was attacked and murdered on her property?
8. How did Ian justify the brutality of the Abyssinian leaders he encountered before coming to Africa?
9. What was Mrs. Crawford's opinion of vegetarianism?
10. Briefly describe Elspeth's education in Africa.
There are many interesting observations about men and women in the book. In various encounters, some of the natives are practically naked, which seems to offend the European men more than the European women. In addition, the African women often work much harder than their men and Ian said that African men were appalled at the level of freedom European women had. Write an essay outlining the different attitudes toward gender roles displayed by the Africans and the Europeans. Did either culture seem to have a better belief system? Did either side tolerate the others' beliefs? Was there room for compromise or were the two world-views too far apart to bridge?
After Njombo killed a man in a fight, he had to pay a blood price to the victim's family in the form of goats. Write an essay discussing this method of justice. How did this system help keep the peace for the locals? How did the natives maintain peace and order (they were also known not to steal from one another) if there was no threat of arrest or prison? Why was Hereward Palmer determined to introduce Western-style justice to Africa? How would a trial and prison have affected both Njombo and the tribe as a whole? Can there be different cultural approaches to justice? Or is justice black and white?
The European settlers met in the book all had different reasons for coming to Africa--some simply for adventure, some to make a fortune, some seemingly to escape a bad situation. What was the societal impact to the Africans of the Europeans' settlement? Did the settlers have a different impact on the local culture depending on their different reasons for being there? Or did their mere presence, regardless of motivation, have a profound effect on the locals? Is seeking adventure or fortune a legitimate reason to colonize another culture?
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