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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 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
Early in the book, Robin Huxley had a confrontation with the locals over the way he wanted his family's house built. Why was Robin so determined to recreate an English-style house in Africa? Why were the Africans so opposed to some of Robin's ideas? In what ways would adopting the local customs make it easier to settle in to a new area? Is it always advisable, or even possible, to recreate a certain lifestyle in a foreign land? What are the benefits of adopting the local traditions? Do you think Robin and the other Europeans were concerned about losing their European identity if they adopted too many local customs?
Essay Topic 3
Pioneer Mary was known as a wild woman who in many ways behaved more like a man in Africa. She was both feared and respected by both Europeans and Africans. How was her personality shaped by her personal family tragedy (the loss of both her husband and two young children)? In what ways did her personality allow her to survive and thrive in an environment that could be hostile to a European, especially a woman in that day and age? Did her wildness contribute to her ability to thrive? How did she differ from most of the women around her? Was she happier than the others?
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