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The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood Test | 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. 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

A discussion about the European versus African concept of the passage of time prompted Lettice Palmer to suggest that perhaps the Europeans were wrong to be attempting to change the African culture. This is one of the only times in the book that a European suggests that the Africans' culture should be left alone. Did the other Europeans share Lettice's view? Did they seem to think about the issue at all or were they more concerned about making their way in Africa, regardless of what happened to the natives? Did the Europeans acknowledge that a complex culture existed around them?

Elspeth, despite her European heritage, sincerely believed that a charm would protect her duiker, Twinkle. In what ways did her belief illustrate how her upbringing was becoming essentially African? Why was she more open to the notion of protective charms than the adults around her? Was she doing a better job adapting to local traditions and belief-systems?

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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