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 did the priests at the Italian mission plant?

2. What was Robin told would make a good gift for the new couple?

3. What did the settlers hunt in Chapter 12?

4. To what kind of fish did Elspeth compare the men lounging in the shade in the middle of the day?

5. How many wives did Sammy already have when he announced he was taking another?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

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

5. How did the other Europeans and the Kikuyu feel about the Italian priests at the mission?

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

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

8. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?

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

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

Lettice Palmer expressed fear about the potential for the Europeans' work in Africa to disappear without a trace, much as the ancient Africans' work had disappeared. Was it fair for the Europeans to say that the Africans had failed to put a permanent mark on the land? Are city and temple ruins necessary to prove that a great culture once existed? Why would the ancient African cultures failed to have left behind permanent physical proof of their achievements? Why is it more difficult to find out about ancient cultures when there is a lack of ruins? Do Africans and Europeans have a similar reverence for oral tradition and history?

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

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?

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