The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why did Njombo say it would be bad luck to shoot a python?

2. What was Elspeth expected to memorize while the adults were on safari?

3. To what kind of fish did Elspeth compare the men lounging in the shade in the middle of the day?

4. With whom did Elspeth stay during the safari?

5. What did Hereward ask Robin for help in moving?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Kikuyu and Masai differ in their approaches to hunting?

2. What did the Kikuyu do to preserve memories of the dead?

3. How did Elspeth use the imagery of the kitchen beaters to convey the sense that Europeans and Africans were living in parallel worlds?

4. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

5. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?

6. Why were the villagers so concerned about the python near the village?

7. What did Tilly think was the ultimate reason for the Europeans to be in Africa?

8. How did the adults try to comfort Elspeth when she could not go on the safari, and did it work?

9. How did Elspeth view the planned hunt versus the actual hunt?

10. Why were the other adults so upset at Mr. Roos for trapping the leopard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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