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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. How did the settlers assume Mr. Nimmo was making money?

2. How long did Sammy stay at Fort Hall?

3. Where did the jiggas dig into the body?

4. Who had once killed a lion at the meeting place of the two rivers?

5. About how many miles a day could the oxen handle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Elspeth get upset at the end of Crawford's story about the whydah birds?

3. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

4. Why did Mrs. Palmer tell Elspeth Huxley that she should get two of any animal she wished to keep as a pet?

5. What kind of person did Ian Crawford appear to be?

6. What did the Masai consider the greatest glory of mankind?

7. How did Huxley describe the Kikuyu attitude toward theft?

8. What became of Tilly's initial attempt to "preserve an appearance of leisured elegance"?

9. How did Mrs. Nimmo react to the wild New Year's party?

10. Why were the natives so eager to bring their children to Tilly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Pioneer Mary was known as a wild woman who in many ways behaved more like a man in Africa. She was both feared and respected by both Europeans and Africans. How was her personality shaped by her personal family tragedy (the loss of both her husband and two young children)? In what ways did her personality allow her to survive and thrive in an environment that could be hostile to a European, especially a woman in that day and age? Did her wildness contribute to her ability to thrive? How did she differ from most of the women around her? Was she happier than the others?

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