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 the priests refuse to help Njombo?

2. Why had Twinkle left the farm?

3. What natural phenomenon did Tilly and Ian comment on at the end of Chapter 12?

4. What creatures emerged after the rains?

5. What did Tilly diagnose Rohio with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

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

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

4. How did the Europeans view the difference between a bribe and a tip?

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

6. Why were Tilly and Lettice suspicious of Mr. Roos' behavior toward Elspeth?

7. How did the Kikuyu deal with the suffering of animals?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Among the motivations for coming to Africa, mentioned by some of the settlers, was a desire to "bring civilization" to the locals. What exactly did they mean by that? Were they interested in bringing technologies and scientific advancements, or were they interested in more fundamental cultural changes (such as religion, government, etc.)? In what ways did the Africans benefit from some of the things brought by the Europeans? In what ways would their cultures have suffered irreversible damage? Were there things the Africans could have taught the Europeans had they been more open-minded? Is it ever possible to share advanced technologies with another culture without damaging that culture?

Essay Topic 2

Settler Alec Wilson was determined to learn everything about farming in Africa through textbooks and governmental reports. Elspeth, on the other hand, was for the most part avoiding book learning and creating her own African education through activities and exploration. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these styles of "education." Are there certain subjects that can best be learned through books? Are there others that can best be tackled through actually doing them? In what ways did Wilson's approach illustrate a European approach to education and in what ways did Elspeth's education reflect that of the African children, who did not attend schools? Would book-learning help Wilson in Africa and would hands-on learning help Elspeth once she went back to England?

Essay Topic 3

A discussion about the European versus African concept of the passage of time prompted Lettice Palmer to suggest that perhaps the Europeans were wrong to be attempting to change the African culture. This is one of the only times in the book that a European suggests that the Africans' culture should be left alone. Did the other Europeans share Lettice's view? Did they seem to think about the issue at all or were they more concerned about making their way in Africa, regardless of what happened to the natives? Did the Europeans acknowledge that a complex culture existed around them?

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