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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

Elspeth Huxley at one point said that the natives never stole from one another, but did not seem to have any qualms about stealing from the Europeans. Why was this the case? What forces prompted the natives to avoid stealing from one another? How did they seem to view the Europeans and why would they be willing to steal from them? Did they view the Europeans as neighbors and fellow villagers or as something else entirely?

Essay Topic 2

Njombo was accused by Sammy of causing the death of his third wife and the maiming of his son. In response, Sammy places a curse on Njombo, which very nearly kills him. Write an essay explaining why a firm belief in the power of curses could actually lead to someone's death. Would Njombo had survived if the chief had not arranged for the curse to be lifted? How powerful is the human mind when it comes to health? Why were the Europeans determined to save Njombo by focusing on the curse rather than using Western medicine?

Essay Topic 3

There are many interesting observations about men and women in the book. In various encounters, some of the natives are practically naked, which seems to offend the European men more than the European women. In addition, the African women often work much harder than their men and Ian said that African men were appalled at the level of freedom European women had. Write an essay outlining the different attitudes toward gender roles displayed by the Africans and the Europeans. Did either culture seem to have a better belief system? Did either side tolerate the others' beliefs? Was there room for compromise or were the two world-views too far apart to bridge?

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