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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 biggest concern about moving the object in the previous question?

2. What did the villagers do after Sammy's new wife died?

3. What animal did Elspeth worry would attack her pony, Twinkle?

4. What did Tilly diagnose Rohio with?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe how Elspeth viewed the dead leopard.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many interesting observations about men and women in the book. In various encounters, some of the natives are practically naked, which seems to offend the European men more than the European women. In addition, the African women often work much harder than their men and Ian said that African men were appalled at the level of freedom European women had. Write an essay outlining the different attitudes toward gender roles displayed by the Africans and the Europeans. Did either culture seem to have a better belief system? Did either side tolerate the others' beliefs? Was there room for compromise or were the two world-views too far apart to bridge?

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

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?

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