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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?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

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?

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