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 was the rumor about Lettice's marriage to an older man at 18?

2. Why did Hereward dismiss the Dutch hunting skills?

3. What did the settlers hunt in Chapter 12?

4. Whom did Tilly contact about getting another dog for the Palmers?

5. Why did Njombo say it would be bad luck to shoot a python?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did the Kikuyu distrust hyenas?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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