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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. At what time did Elspeth's lessons begin in Chapter 20?
2. How many princes had been blinded by the Abyssinian emperor?
3. Why did Kupanya claim that Njombo was not one of his men?
4. What did the villagers do after Sammy's new wife died?
5. To what kind of fish did Elspeth compare the men lounging in the shade in the middle of the day?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Elspeth view the planned hunt versus the actual hunt?
2. Why were the villagers so concerned about the python near the village?
3. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?
4. How did the Kikuyu deal with the suffering of animals?
5. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?
6. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?
7. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.
8. What did the Kikuyu do to preserve memories of the dead?
9. Why was Lettice convinced that she brought disaster on her loved ones?
10. Why did Hereward express a willingness to die in a violent storm?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Njombo was accused by Sammy of causing the death of his third wife and the maiming of his son. In response, Sammy places a curse on Njombo, which very nearly kills him. Write an essay explaining why a firm belief in the power of curses could actually lead to someone's death. Would Njombo had survived if the chief had not arranged for the curse to be lifted? How powerful is the human mind when it comes to health? Why were the Europeans determined to save Njombo by focusing on the curse rather than using Western medicine?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Elspeth Huxley pointed out that the Kikuyu language did not have any words for "thank you" and that the Europeans therefore often accused them of ingratitude. Why did the Kikuyu lack the words to express gratitude? Were they truly lacking in gratitude? How important are words in expressing thanks? Did they seem to display gratitude toward one another? Was Elspeth perhaps right when she said the natives simply viewed the Europeans as different and therefore, not in need of thanks?
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