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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 country did Mrs. Palmer like the best?

2. Why did Sammy question the wisdom of burying the murder victim?

3. What natural phenomenon did Mrs. Palmer see in her travels to Scandinavia?

4. What did Robin agree to pay for the work?

5. What was Njombo saving up the goats for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Lettice Palmer's first reaction to the health conditions in Africa?

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

3. Describe the relationship the Kikuyu had with their surroundings.

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

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

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

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

8. Briefly describe Elspeth's education in Africa.

9. Describe the personality of Pioneer Mary.

10. What became of Tilly's initial attempt to "preserve an appearance of leisured elegance"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Settler Alec Wilson was determined to learn everything about farming in Africa through textbooks and governmental reports. Elspeth, on the other hand, was for the most part avoiding book learning and creating her own African education through activities and exploration. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these styles of "education." Are there certain subjects that can best be learned through books? Are there others that can best be tackled through actually doing them? In what ways did Wilson's approach illustrate a European approach to education and in what ways did Elspeth's education reflect that of the African children, who did not attend schools? Would book-learning help Wilson in Africa and would hands-on learning help Elspeth once she went back to England?

Essay Topic 3

Despite his lack of success in a number of endeavors, Robin Huxley continued dreaming of fortune and moved his family to Africa in his latest attempt. At one point, Robin and Tilly have an interesting exchange about other settlers, debating whether they are romantics or fools. Based on Robin's behavior, which category did he belong in? Were his dreams realistic or was he pursuing a pipe dream? Is there in fact a big difference between a romantic and a fool?

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