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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. How did Elspeth protect Twinkle?
2. What special item did Lettice Palmer provide for her two dogs?
3. What did Elspeth sleep on?
4. Why did the priests refuse to help Njombo?
5. Why did Njombo say it would be bad luck to shoot a python?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were Tilly and Lettice suspicious of Mr. Roos' behavior toward Elspeth?
2. How did Elspeth use the imagery of the kitchen beaters to convey the sense that Europeans and Africans were living in parallel worlds?
3. How did Elspeth view the planned hunt versus the actual hunt?
4. Why were the other adults so upset at Mr. Roos for trapping the leopard?
5. Why did Robin agree with the Italian priests in their refusal to baptize or help Njombo?
6. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?
7. Why did Hereward express a willingness to die in a violent storm?
8. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?
9. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?
10. How did the Kikuyu deal with the suffering of animals?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
After Njombo killed a man in a fight, he had to pay a blood price to the victim's family in the form of goats. Write an essay discussing this method of justice. How did this system help keep the peace for the locals? How did the natives maintain peace and order (they were also known not to steal from one another) if there was no threat of arrest or prison? Why was Hereward Palmer determined to introduce Western-style justice to Africa? How would a trial and prison have affected both Njombo and the tribe as a whole? Can there be different cultural approaches to justice? Or is justice black and white?
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