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. Where was Twinkle found?

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

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

4. What did Kamau want the bwana to bring him from Nairobi?

5. What animal did Elspeth worry would attack her pony, Twinkle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

4. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elspeth, despite her European heritage, sincerely believed that a charm would protect her duiker, Twinkle. In what ways did her belief illustrate how her upbringing was becoming essentially African? Why was she more open to the notion of protective charms than the adults around her? Was she doing a better job adapting to local traditions and belief-systems?

Essay Topic 2

The European settlers met in the book all had different reasons for coming to Africa--some simply for adventure, some to make a fortune, some seemingly to escape a bad situation. What was the societal impact to the Africans of the Europeans' settlement? Did the settlers have a different impact on the local culture depending on their different reasons for being there? Or did their mere presence, regardless of motivation, have a profound effect on the locals? Is seeking adventure or fortune a legitimate reason to colonize another culture?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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