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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 instrument were the Palmers bringing to Africa?

2. Where was Mr. Nimmo allegedly detained on business?

3. In what African country had Robin mined for metals?

4. What color are Elspeth Huxley's eyes?

5. How long did Sammy stay at Fort Hall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why was Robin having a difficult time with the oxen?

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

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

7. Why did Mrs. Palmer tell Elspeth Huxley that she should get two of any animal she wished to keep as a pet?

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

9. How did Robin and Kupanya differ in their approach to negotiating the terms of a workers' contract?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The European settlers met in the book all had different reasons for coming to Africa--some simply for adventure, some to make a fortune, some seemingly to escape a bad situation. What was the societal impact to the Africans of the Europeans' settlement? Did the settlers have a different impact on the local culture depending on their different reasons for being there? Or did their mere presence, regardless of motivation, have a profound effect on the locals? Is seeking adventure or fortune a legitimate reason to colonize another culture?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There is a high-spirited debate between Hereward and Robin about the difference between a bribe and a tip. The Europeans were taught to reject bribery, while bribery was essential to running many African colonies. What are the essential differences between bribes and tips? Is it simply a matter of timing? Were the Europeans making it difficult for themselves by refusing bribes? Could they have made their lives easier by adopting the local customs and accepting the use of bribes instead of tips?

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