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 Kupanya claim that Njombo was not one of his men?

2. What was the subject of the book given to Elspeth by Robin?

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

4. What did Tilly diagnose Rohio with?

5. What did mission-boys wear as a mark of their status?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

In the early chapters, Robin Huxley attracted the attention of the natives with his burning lamp, which the fascinated locals assumed was magical. What is the difference between magic and science for people not exposed to advanced technologies? Did a belief in magic and spirits slow down the natives' development of their own technologies? Would it slow down their acceptance and adoption of other peoples' technologies? Do the people with advanced technologies retain any beliefs in magic or spirits or does technology suppress those beliefs?

Essay Topic 3

While riding to Londiani, Dirk told Elspeth a detailed story about the arduous trek taken by his Boer family to their new home. Write an essay describing how these experiences influenced Dirk's behavior as an adult. Was his upbringing in a self-sufficient environment a factor in his willing abandonment of Elspeth? Was he bitter toward the English? Did he seem to have any regard for the natives? How did Dirk compare to the other Dutchman encountered in the book, Mr. Roos?

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