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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. What animals did Robin have a hard time handling?

2. Where was the District Commissioner located?

3. What was Sammy's ethnic mix?

4. What did the natives take after negotiating payment for work?

5. How long did it take the workers to build their own huts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the personalities of Mr. and Mrs. Oram.

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

3. What were the Huxley's first impressions upon seeing the land that they had bought?

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

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

6. How did the differences between Mrs. Nimmo and Tilly come through in their first meeting?

7. How did Elsepth Huxley describe the smell of Africa?

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

9. Briefly describe Elspeth's education in Africa.

10. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Lettice Palmer expressed fear about the potential for the Europeans' work in Africa to disappear without a trace, much as the ancient Africans' work had disappeared. Was it fair for the Europeans to say that the Africans had failed to put a permanent mark on the land? Are city and temple ruins necessary to prove that a great culture once existed? Why would the ancient African cultures failed to have left behind permanent physical proof of their achievements? Why is it more difficult to find out about ancient cultures when there is a lack of ruins? Do Africans and Europeans have a similar reverence for oral tradition and history?

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