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 creatures emerged after the rains?

2. What does the word "kali" mean?

3. How many leopards were killed during the hunt?

4. What was the biggest concern about moving the object in the previous question?

5. With whom did Elspeth stay during the safari?

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

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

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

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

7. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

8. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

After Njombo killed a man in a fight, he had to pay a blood price to the victim's family in the form of goats. Write an essay discussing this method of justice. How did this system help keep the peace for the locals? How did the natives maintain peace and order (they were also known not to steal from one another) if there was no threat of arrest or prison? Why was Hereward Palmer determined to introduce Western-style justice to Africa? How would a trial and prison have affected both Njombo and the tribe as a whole? Can there be different cultural approaches to justice? Or is justice black and white?

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