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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 was Hereward embarrassed around the Kikuyu men?

2. What did Lettice do during thunderstorms?

3. What was special about the animal killed by the hunters in Chapter 12?

4. What were the villagers sacrificing?

5. Why did Kupanya claim that Njombo was not one of his men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

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

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

5. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

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

7. How did the Kikuyu deal with the suffering of animals?

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

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

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

Early in the book, Robin Huxley had a confrontation with the locals over the way he wanted his family's house built. Why was Robin so determined to recreate an English-style house in Africa? Why were the Africans so opposed to some of Robin's ideas? In what ways would adopting the local customs make it easier to settle in to a new area? Is it always advisable, or even possible, to recreate a certain lifestyle in a foreign land? What are the benefits of adopting the local traditions? Do you think Robin and the other Europeans were concerned about losing their European identity if they adopted too many local customs?

Essay Topic 2

Pioneer Mary was known as a wild woman who in many ways behaved more like a man in Africa. She was both feared and respected by both Europeans and Africans. How was her personality shaped by her personal family tragedy (the loss of both her husband and two young children)? In what ways did her personality allow her to survive and thrive in an environment that could be hostile to a European, especially a woman in that day and age? Did her wildness contribute to her ability to thrive? How did she differ from most of the women around her? Was she happier than the others?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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