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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. Why was Alec Wilson in Africa?

2. What instrument were the Palmers bringing to Africa?

3. Where was the District Commissioner located?

4. What was Njombo saving up the goats for?

5. What eventually attracted the attention of the natives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Njombo after he killed the man on the Palmer's property?

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

3. How did Mrs. Palmer react to the condition of the man who was attacked and murdered on her property?

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

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

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

7. What did Lettice Palmer find most disturbing about Africa and what was she most concerned about for herself and fellow Europeans?

8. Why was Tilly so overwhelmed by Africa in the first few weeks in Thika?

9. How did Juma view the local inhabitants outside of Nairobi?

10. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lettice Palmer appeared to change in personality following the death of Ian. Write an essay describing how his death affected her. Why did she tell Elspeth that Africa was a cruel place and that nobody cared? What did her future appear to be?

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

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?

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