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. What was Sammy's new wife's name?

2. How many unmarried daughters did Robin's Aunt Veronica have?

3. What did Elspeth sleep on?

4. What did the priests at the Italian mission plant?

5. What did the first trap catch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did Ian justify the brutality of the Abyssinian leaders he encountered before coming to Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Huxleys encountered two "foreign" concepts in marriage during their stay in Africa--the notion of a "bride-price" paid to the prospective bride's family, and polygamy. Discuss how these two practices could have impacted the society in Thika. What would have been accomplished by Njombo paying a family for a bride? Why was he not allowed to marry her without sufficient goats to give? Did the woman appear to have any say in the matter? How did the multiple wives live? What were the European attitudes toward these practices?

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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