Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass

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With classic simplicity and a painter's feeling for atmosphere and detail, Isak Dinesen tells of the years she spent from 1914 to 1931 managing a coffee plantation in Kenya. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
140 Questions
82 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 11th and 12th grade digital curriculum, annotations include setting description and images, language translations, and character analysis throughout the novel. Interactive videos increase student engagement and include scenes from the movie version of the novel, and explore the author’s use of foreshadowing and figurative language in the development of the plot. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address setting and point of view, along with the themes of pastoral views of a country, and racial differences. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are embedded directly into the book.

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Homework #10

The Ngong Hills are located in southern Kenya. (This annotation contains an image)
As you read this text, it is important to consider the life of the author, Isak Dinesen (pen name). One of her early interests was art. Dinesen states that this "artistic eye" often influenced her descriptive writing style. As you read, notice Dinesen's attention to detail as she paints a picture in the reader's mind. To learn more about the author, click the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
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How does the author organize the beginning of this text? 
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"...but to the West the drop is deeper and more precipitous,- the hills fall vertically down towards the Great Rift Valley."Based on the context clues what is the meaning of the word precipitous? 
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What point of view is this story being told from?  
The narrator describes the hill country as having "green slopes and rocky crags." A crag is a steep and rugged rock. It would be difficult to walk along these landforms. Below is a picture of a crag. (This annotation contains an image)
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At this point in the story, the narrator's identity has not been revealed. We do not even know if the narrator is a female or male. Why would the author keep this information a mystery? 
The narrator describes the beauty of the organized geometrical pattern of a coffee farm. This demonstrates a love for all aspects of her livelihood. (This annotation contains an image)
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The word obscurity means "hidden from light or unknown." The narrator said that, "...obscurity is the privilege of young things." What does this statement mean?  
The children who come to pick the coffee beans are called "Totos."  (This annotation contains an image)
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"During all my time, Nairobi was a motley place, with some fine new stone buildings, and whole quarters of old corrugated iron shops, offices, and bungalows..."Based on the context clues from the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word motley? 
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What is one of the narrator's talents?  
The narrator will use figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and personification to describe the amazing creatures she has seen while on safari. Think about how the figurative descriptions add to the poetic nature of the writing. Watch the video below to learn more about figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
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How does the author's use of figurative language in the description of Africa impact the tone of the text? 
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How are the African Natives different from Europeans? 
A "shamba" is a vegetable garden used to provide food for the Natives.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What type of relationship does the narrator have with the Natives? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
The author has not yet revealed the narrator's name or gender, but it is clear, now, that the narrator is white. 

Homework #11

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What can the reader infer about Kamante? 
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Why do the Natives trust the narrator as a doctor? 
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Why is Kamante so cold and unsympathetic towards others? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
As Kamante addresses the narrator as "Msabu," the reader now knows that the narrator is a white woman. 
Missions were built in Africa to spread religious and cultural beliefs of the Mission's home country. In this case, the French Roman Catholic Mission and Church of Scotland Mission both offer medical treatment in addition to religious counseling. 
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What can the reader infer is the reason that Kamante remained at the Scotch Mission for three months? 
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Why did Kamante come back to the narrator's house to live? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
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What is the narrator's opinion of Kamante?  
In addition to working as a doctor for the Natives on her land, the narrator also has a school where she brings in teachers from the surrounding Missions. It is clear that she has a generous personality and longs to help other people.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What special skills does Kamante have? 
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How did Kamante become such a gifted chef? 
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In spite of his capabilities as a chef, what does Kamante think about the importance that Europeans place on food preparations? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  

Homework #12

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How do the Natives react to the drought? 
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Why was the cuckoo-clock so fascinating to the young Native boys? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
The Odyssey is an ancient Greek epic poem written by Homer.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Kamante does not know how to read and knows very little about books. What detail from the text supports this characteristic? 
The term "Mohammedan" is the old-fashioned term used to refer to the Islamic or Muslim religion.  
A "Kongoni" is also called a hartebeest which is a type of African antelope.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why was Knudson called the "Old Man of the Sea"?  
The author, Isak Dinesen, uses verbal irony when she describes Old Knudsen as a "great romantic bully and combatant." The ideas of romance and bullying do not go together. The author was trying to make the point that Knudson loved to fight. To learn more about verbal irony, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Old Knudson's personality seem to be full of so many contradictions? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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Why isn't Kamante afraid to touch a dead body anymore?  
A rapier is a sharp sword used for sword fighting.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #13

Below is a picture of the African Daphne tree in bloom. (This annotation contains an image)
Click the link below to learn more about the different antelope species in Africa. The bushback species is often found in the forest and is usually a nocturnal creature.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Why did the narrator change her mind about buying the fawn? 
The narrator is referring to the old methods of binding young woman's feet in order to make them as small as possible. The feet would become so deformed that the women could not walk very well. This practice was banned in 1913.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a picture of the Scotch Deerhound dog that Ms. Blixen is fond of. (This annotation contains an image)
In this detail, the author finally reveals that the narrator's last name is Blixen. 
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"Still nobody could be of a gentler demeanour than Lulu was when she came and lay down..."Based on the context clues in the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word demeanour? 
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Despite looking like a gentle creature, how would Lulu be described? 
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What does Ms. Blixen mean when she states, "She was now the complete Lulu"? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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Which of the following best summarizes Lulu's time in Ms. Blixen household?  
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"The league between Lulu and my house lasted for many years." Based on the context clues from the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word league? 
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Why does Karen Blixen consider the years with Lulu to be her happiest years in Africa? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
Click the link below to learn more about the bushbuck antelope. Why do animals take on such an important role in this text? (This annotation contains a link)
In this reflection, Karen Blixen, acknowledges her fascination with Africa, but sadly realizes that Africa does not have that same fascination with her. This demonstrates a theme that is emerging within this novel. To learn more about themes, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
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What did Ms. Blixen see in Kamante that others do not? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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What did Kamante's letters to Ms. Blixen often say?  

Homework #15

"Jambo" means "hello" in Swahili.  
"Ngoma" means "drum" in Swahili. In Kenya, the word is also used to signify a party or social event. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Karen Blixen nervous about hearing a single gunshot at night? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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Who came to Ms. Blixen's house for help after the shooting?  
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How did the two children end up getting shot? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
What did Kabero do after he shot the two boys?  
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"He was a big fat man of a very placid manner..."Based on the context clues in the text above, what is the meaning of the word placid?  
It is evident that the police officer assigned to take a report of the accident does not seem to care about the incident as he stops taking notes after a while. 
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What is the purpose of a Kyama? 

Homework #16

In this statement, the author provides evidence to another theme in this novel. This theme is that the natural world of Africa is a utopia. Ms. Blixen has a deeper love for Africa than she does her native country of Denmark.  
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Why was Ms. Blixen often called to provide judgement to disputes between the squatters living on her land?  
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How is the African justice system different from the European justice system?  
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"I was considering how much I ought to help them, when they forestalled me by turning upon me, with great energy, their claim for a full indemnification."Based on the context clues in the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word indemnification?  
Blixen uses the term "brass-serpent" to describe the Natives' way of turning a European into a symbol. This term comes from the Bible, specifically Numbers 21:9: "So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live." The narrator means that the Natives would often use a European person as a symbol that would protect them in difficult times.  
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What symbol does Ms. Blixen represent for the Natives? 

Homework #17

Kaninu was the father of Kabero who shot the two Native boys. He is expected to provide payment to the families of the boys that his son harmed.  
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What is Kaninu's status among the Kikuyu people? 
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Which of the following items is a symbol of a man's wealth and status among the Kikuyu people? 
The word "palaver" is a conversation that seems to continue without having any direction. It is clear the elders in town enjoy having these types of lengthy conversations. 
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Why won't the Kyama resolve the situation quickly as Ms. Blixen recommended? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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What did Kathegu want to do with the 40 sheep that Kaninu would have to pay out?  
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What new piece of information was brought to light after the final decision that Kaninu was to pay Jogona forty sheep?  
"Very simple people seem to have a talent for adopting children, and feeling towards them as if they were their own..." In this sentence, the author reveals another theme in this novel. The narrator sees herself as an aristocrat and inherently different and more rational than the poor Natives that live upon her land.  
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Why did Jogona Kanyagga experience such pride to hear and see his name in writing?  
To learn more about the Swahili language, click the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
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How did the Natives feel about the accuracy of written information?  
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Jogona's written account could be compared to a modern day ___________. 

Homework #18

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What characteristic of the Native people is frustrating to Europeans?  
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When Native Kikuyu people want to speak to someone about something important, what do they do before speaking? 
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What new piece of information did Ms. Blixen learn about Kabero? 
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Why was Ms. Blixen attached to Kaninu's grandson, Sirunga? 
Here is a picture of the typical Masai manner of dressing. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is a characteristic of the men of the Masai tribe? 
Here is a picture of people from the Kikuyu tribe. Notice that many of the women have shaved heads. (This annotation contains an image)
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"Farah at times was loth to speak about Native affairs, as if they were beneath him to dwell upon and me to hear of."Based on the context clues in the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word loth? 
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What does the reader discover about Ms. Blixen in this paragraph? 
Ms. Blixen is now thinking in Swahili. This shows that she is adapting more and more to the African culture and way of life.  

Homework #19

A "manyatta" is a type of settlement of the Kikuyu people.  (This annotation contains an image)
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When Kinanjui came to visit Ms. Blixen's farm, what did all of the squatters want to talk to him about? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
Ms. Blixen has compared Kinanjui to an elephant on two occasions. She uses this type of symbolism because most people think of elephants as strong and wise creatures. She wants to portray the Kikuyu chief in this same manner. To learn more about symbolism, click the link below. (This annotation contains a video)
A mill-stone is used for grinding wheat and other grains.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why are the Kikuyu so interested in livestock?  
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How did Kinanjui calm the unruly crowd of people? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
Out of Africa Quiz #1 

Homework #21

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Why do farmers look forward to visitors coming to stay with them? 
To view an example of Kikuyu tribal dancing, watch the video below. The Ngoma that Baroness Blixen describes would, however, be much larger in size.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which onlookers of the Ngoma were considered to be very special? 
Below is a picture of the Kikuyu people adorned in the red chalk.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How are the day-time Ngomas and the night-time Ngomas different from each other? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
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What happens when the twelve Masai young men come to the Kikuyu Ngoma?  

Homework #22

An "Infidel" is a person who does not share the same religious beliefs as the High Priest or has no religious beliefs at all.  
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Baroness Blixen and the High Priest are not able to communicate in words. How is it evident that the High Priest enjoyed his time with her on the farm?  

Homework #23

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Why did Farah's wife bring several female relatives with her when she came to live at the farm? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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How is the Native marriage arrangement different from the European marriage arrangement?  
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How is the Somali male and female relationship a contradiction? 
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What can the reader tell about the Somali people compared to the Kikuyu people? 
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Baroness Blixen often uses similes to compare young Kikuyu and Somali women to flowers. Why does she make this comparison?  
A plinth is a pedestal. The girls are asking if the Priests are able to bring the statues to life.  

Homework #24

Baroness Blixen has already talked about Old Knudsen and how he died on the farm. However, since this section of the book is about visitors to the farm, she will go into more detail about him.  
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What did Old Knudsen tell Baroness Blixen to sell in Nairobi? 
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What does Old Knudsen respect? 
Old Knudsen never spoke of a woman. Baroness Blixen imagines that there was a woman in his life at one time. She gives this imagined woman the name, "Madam Knudsen," and Baroness Blixen imagines that Old Knudsen had to run away from her.  
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What did Old Knudsen successfully help Baroness Blixen accomplish? 
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How does Baroness Blixen pay her final respects to Old Knudsen? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  

Homework #25

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How would Emmanuelson know the type and year of the wine he was served? 
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"...and besides I wished to be, myself, somewhere within this comedy or tragedy of his." What can the reader infer from this statement? 
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What do the aristocratic and low-class citizens of the world understand that middle-class citizens do not?  
The "proletariat" are the working class citizens of the world. 

Homework #26

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What do Baroness Blixen and Ingrid Lundstrom have in common? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
La Belle Otero was one of the most sought-after women in Europe. She had many affairs with powerful and wealthy men. She was a dancer and an actress. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #27

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Why does Baroness Blixen compare Berkeley to a cat?  
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Which group of people were particularly friendly towards Berkeley? 
The Great War that Baroness Blixen speaks of is World War I. 
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How did the Masai tribe help the English in World War I? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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Which gift would the Masai warriors like to have instead of the medals? 
The French statement "...la dure necessite maitresse des hommes et des dieux" means "the hard necessity of men and gods."  

Homework #28

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Why do Natives appreciate hearing a story, but most Europeans do not?  
A gramophone, like the one in the picture below, was used for playing and recording sounds.  (This annotation contains an image)
It is clear that Baroness Blixen and her European friends have no remorse for killing lions and other wild animals.  
"Frei lebt wer sterben kann" is German for "Free lives who can die." This means that Baroness Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton do not have children, so they can risk their lives in this case. 
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What do Baroness Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton have in common? 
Flying over Africa was one of Baroness Blixen's favorite times in the country. Watch the clip from the movie version of this novel to get a visual of the experience.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What is something that Natives greatly value?  
It is evident that the only purpose that flying would serve for the Natives would be to have the opportunity to see God.  

Homework #30

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Why are the oxen that were purchased for the farm so wild in nature?  
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Why does the manager refer to taming the ox as "to break the heart of this ox"? 
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The title of this section is "The Wild Comes to the Aid of the Wild." Why does the author use this title in describing what the leopard did to the ox?  
After reading the first three sections in this part of the book, it is clear the structure in this part is significantly different from other parts of the novel. The short stories are told in no particular order and do not seem to build upon one another. However, pay attention to the messages being conveyed in each short story. There will be many references to themes already discussed and new themes will be revealed. To review themes again, watch the video clip below.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Infandum, Regina, jubes renovare dolorem" is Latin for, "You command me, Queen, to revive unspeakable grief." The narrator is wondering what good shall come from the ups and downs in her life. 
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How is the turquoise bracelet similar to the iguana? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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Why don't Natives take sides with a particular character in a story? 
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How is the European doctor different from Baroness Blixen in relation to the Natives? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
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According to Baroness Blixen, when does a person have pride?  
The author uses symbolism in this section. She describes the oxen as a creature that is abused and used to develop the European settlements in Africa. The ox is a symbol that represents the laborers and low-class of a society. Which characters in the novel do you think the author is comparing the oxen to? To learn more about symbolism, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why doesn't an ox know any other life except for a difficult one?  
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Why does Baroness Blixen compare the relationship between Europeans and Natives to the relationship between men and women? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
This is the first time that Baroness Blixen mentions her husband.  
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Why did Baroness Blixen end up having to take the long journey to deliver the supplies to her husband? 
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What do the Somali people believe about land and sea animals? 
At the time of this story, lions were abundant in Africa and humans had to worry about attacks from these creatures. They also shot lions without fear of impacting the lion population. Today, lions are an endangered species. To see a graph of the diminishing lion population in Africa, click the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
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Why did Baroness Blixen enjoy this safari so much? 
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Farming in Africa is difficult because the success of the farm is so dependent upon________. 
Baroness Blixen reflects on her own life. She believes that her life has been full and blessed enough to let it go when it is over.  
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Why are the Native boys more interested in the rhyming of poetry rather than the meaning? 
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"...it was as a result of the insolence of the answer that he had the boy flogged."Based on the context clues in the text above, what is the meaning of the word flogged? 
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According to some, what special ability do Natives have that Europeans do not? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
In this case, the author reveals another theme in this novel: that the people and animals from Africa are wild and cannot be caged. If one tries to cage a wild creature or person, he or she will choose to die before being a prisoner. It is clear that Baroness Blixen deeply respects this characteristic of African people and creatures whether it is true or not. 
Here is the Secretary Bird. These birds can grow up to 4 feet tall. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is the African plover bird on the plains. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is a photo of a Crested Crane. They are believed to bring good luck. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is a photo of the Greater Hornbill. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is a photo of the African Flamingos. (This annotation contains an image)
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How can the reader tell that Baroness Blixen is sadden by the death of the flamingos on the boat ride? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
When Baroness Blixen compares the sense of humor of a dog to that of the Natives, we see some of her beliefs in the superiority of the European people to the Natives. 
Baroness Blixen is full of contradictions. First of all, she seems to have a deep respect for the African wildlife, but does not hesitate to shoot these creatures at will. In addition, she has a love for the African Natives, but believes herself to be superior to them.  
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What causes Esa to change and gain confidence?  
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What effect did Esa's foolish arrogance have on him? 
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Modern people often wonder how ancient people lived without modern machines. Baroness Blixen, however, states that modern people lack something that ancient people had. What does she say that modern people lack? 
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How can the reader tell that the Natives are superstitious?  
Here is a photograph of Mombasa.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a photograph of the red Acacia flowers. (This annotation contains an image)
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"Good-bye, good-bye, I wish for you that you may die on the journey, both of you, so that not one of the little noble heads, that are now raised, surprised, over the edge of the case, all alone, in Hamburg, where no one knows of Africa."What theme is expressed in this statement? 
Recently, there have been questions about whether orcas should or should not be kept in captivity. This question was the subject of the documentary, Blackfish. Watch a clip below from this documentary and think about what Baroness Blixen would think about this debate. (This annotation contains a video)
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What would Baroness Blixen think about modern-day zoos and amusement parks that keep wild animals in captivity? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
There are many myths about the sexual orientation of the hyenas. To learn more about this myth, read the article below. (This annotation contains a link)
This sentence means "Negros must be taught to be honest and work hard. Nothing more." Can you connect this to a time period in history when it might have been a popular saying? 
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Why is the professor disappointed by the Game Department's letter? 
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Which of the following things made Karomenya happy? 
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What did Pooran Singh do with the money that he earned? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
An "ascetic" person is one who denies him or herself physical pleasure. 
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How can the reader tell that Part Four of this novel is not written in chronological order?  
A carrion-eater is a creature the consumes dead flesh.  (This annotation contains a link)
Out of Africa Quiz #2 

Homework #32

Part Five of this novel changes structure by going back to the original story instead of a conglomeration of interesting situations and stories like in Part Four. 
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What causes the farm to have a difficult time making a profit in producing coffee? 
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"We could not carry through any radical improvements, but had to live hand to mouth..."What does the idiom "living hand to mouth" mean? 
A cattle dip is used for keeping ticks, pests, and other diseases off of livestock. The cattle are put in a solution of water and chemicals to kill these things. Watch the video below of some cows going through a cattle dip. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Baroness Blixen feel compelled to walk around the farm at night? 
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How does Baroness Blixen feel upon hearing about this disappointing harvest? 
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What would farmers in Kenya do to try and prevent the grasshoppers from coming on to their land? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
Grasshoppers come into the land like a dark cloud. Watch the video below of grasshoppers flying into a South African farm. You can imagine how difficult it would be to chase away these creatures.  (This annotation contains a video)
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When something is "tragicomical," it is ________. 
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Who benefitted from the arrival of the grasshoppers?  
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After Baroness Blixen sold the farm, what did she convince herself of? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
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According to Baroness Blixen, how did the natural world react to her after she sold her farm? 
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How did the Kikuyu people bring comfort to Baroness Blixen in her final months on the farm? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  

Homework #33

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"Kinanjui's head and trunk were so emaciated that all the structure of his big skeleton stood forth..."Based on the context clues in the sentence, what is the meaning of the word emaciated? 
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Why did Baroness Blixen decide not to take Kinanjui to her house to die in peace? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
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Why do the Kikuyu people leave their dead outside for the wild animals to eat? 
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What is upsetting about the funeral of the Kikuyu chief, Kinanjui?  
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Why is Farah being quiet around Baroness Blixen after Kinanjui's funeral?  

Homework #34

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Why does Denys offer Baroness Blixen his house in Takaunga?  
In this paragraph, the author uses foreshadowing. This is a clue that something is going to happen later in the story. To learn more about foreshadowing, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
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What literary strategy does the author use in this paragraph? 
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How is Baroness Blixen able to sense that something is wrong? 
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What did the Europeans remember about Denys when they spoke about him after his death? 
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How can the reader tell that Baroness Blixen loved Denys Finch-Hatton? 
Here is a picture from the foothills of Kilimanjaro. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the clip of Denys Finch-Hatton's funeral from the movie version of Out of Africa. What differences are evident between the novel and the movie? (This annotation contains a video)
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How would Denys Finch-Hatton feel about the lions coming to lay on top of his grave? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 

Homework #35

It seems unusual that Baroness Blixen would shoot these animals that she was so fond of. This reflects her ability to easily kill animals. 
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What does Baroness Blixen want to know about all the tragedy that she has had in her life recently? 
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What sign does Baroness Blixen receive when she sees the cock eat the chameleon's tongue?  
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According to Baroness Blixen, how do women handle jealousy of other women? Cite evidence from the text to support your response. 
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What do the Natives want from the new land that they go to live on? 
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What is the last task that Baroness Blixen has to accomplish before leaving the farm? 

Homework #36

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Why is the final Ngoma for Baroness Blixen such an honor? 
Out of Africa Quiz #3