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 roof made of?

2. What was a mundu-mago?

3. Who was blamed for the accident?

4. What did Lettice do during thunderstorms?

5. How many leopards were killed during the hunt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Lettice Palmer view Hereward's desperate attempts to impose discipline on his workers?

3. Why did Lettice elope with Hereward?

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

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

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

7. Why was Lettice convinced that she brought disaster on her loved ones?

8. Why did Robin agree with the Italian priests in their refusal to baptize or help Njombo?

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

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

Essay Topics

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 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 3

While riding to Londiani, Dirk told Elspeth a detailed story about the arduous trek taken by his Boer family to their new home. Write an essay describing how these experiences influenced Dirk's behavior as an adult. Was his upbringing in a self-sufficient environment a factor in his willing abandonment of Elspeth? Was he bitter toward the English? Did he seem to have any regard for the natives? How did Dirk compare to the other Dutchman encountered in the book, Mr. Roos?

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