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. With whom did Elspeth stay during the safari?

2. What did the first trap catch?

3. How many spare rooms did the Palmer's stone bungalow have?

4. What was the name of the bay horse?

5. Where did the python go to put on his bright clothes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Ian describe Ahmed's people (Somalis), whom he had lived among before coming to Africa?

5. How did Lettice Palmer view Hereward's desperate attempts to impose discipline on his workers?

6. Why did Robin agree with the Italian priests in their refusal to baptize or help Njombo?

7. Why did Hereward express a willingness to die in a violent storm?

8. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?

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

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

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

Lettice Palmer expressed fear about the potential for the Europeans' work in Africa to disappear without a trace, much as the ancient Africans' work had disappeared. Was it fair for the Europeans to say that the Africans had failed to put a permanent mark on the land? Are city and temple ruins necessary to prove that a great culture once existed? Why would the ancient African cultures failed to have left behind permanent physical proof of their achievements? Why is it more difficult to find out about ancient cultures when there is a lack of ruins? Do Africans and Europeans have a similar reverence for oral tradition and history?

Essay Topic 3

There are many interesting observations about men and women in the book. In various encounters, some of the natives are practically naked, which seems to offend the European men more than the European women. In addition, the African women often work much harder than their men and Ian said that African men were appalled at the level of freedom European women had. Write an essay outlining the different attitudes toward gender roles displayed by the Africans and the Europeans. Did either culture seem to have a better belief system? Did either side tolerate the others' beliefs? Was there room for compromise or were the two world-views too far apart to bridge?

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