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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 Mr. Roos offer to show Elspeth?
2. How many leopards were killed during the hunt?
3. What did the leopard do to the Palmers?
4. What song did all of the settlers join in singing at the Palmers?
5. What were Hereward and the Kikuyu hunting in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the Palmer's house differ from the Huxley's residence?
2. Why did the District Commissioner find it difficult to keep locals out of the prison?
3. How did Ian justify the brutality of the Abyssinian leaders he encountered before coming to Africa?
4. In what ways did Elspeth find the siafu (warrior ants) the most frightening and mysterious of Africa's creatures?
5. Why were Tilly and Lettice suspicious of Mr. Roos' behavior toward Elspeth?
6. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.
7. How did Elspeth use the imagery of the kitchen beaters to convey the sense that Europeans and Africans were living in parallel worlds?
8. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?
9. How did Ian describe Ahmed's people (Somalis), whom he had lived among before coming to Africa?
10. Why was Lettice convinced that she brought disaster on her loved ones?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elspeth Huxley at one point said that the natives never stole from one another, but did not seem to have any qualms about stealing from the Europeans. Why was this the case? What forces prompted the natives to avoid stealing from one another? How did they seem to view the Europeans and why would they be willing to steal from them? Did they view the Europeans as neighbors and fellow villagers or as something else entirely?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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