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. With whom did Elspeth stay during the safari?

3. Whom did Tilly contact about getting another dog for the Palmers?

4. How many princes had been blinded by the Abyssinian emperor?

5. What did Mr. Roos add to the trap to make it more effective?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the other Europeans and the Kikuyu feel about the Italian priests at the mission?

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

5. Why was Lettice convinced that she brought disaster on her loved ones?

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

7. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?

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

9. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elspeth Huxley described in detail the process of leaving Thika to return to England during the war. Write an essay describing the attitudes displayed by both the natives and the European settlers as the war descended. How were people on each side of the cultural divide affected by their experiences? How did the natives view the Huxley family?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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