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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Early in the book, Robin Huxley had a confrontation with the locals over the way he wanted his family's house built. Why was Robin so determined to recreate an English-style house in Africa? Why were the Africans so opposed to some of Robin's ideas? In what ways would adopting the local customs make it easier to settle in to a new area? Is it always advisable, or even possible, to recreate a certain lifestyle in a foreign land? What are the benefits of adopting the local traditions? Do you think Robin and the other Europeans were concerned about losing their European identity if they adopted too many local customs?

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

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?

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