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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the second chain of islands formed in the southeast, how long was it?
(a) Two hundred miles long.
(b) Two miles long.
(c) Two thousand miles long.
(d) Two million miles long.

2. How far below the surface did fissures form?
(a) Four yards down.
(b) Four feet down.
(c) Forty miles down.
(d) Four miles down.

3. What happens after Abner delivers Urania Hewlett's baby?
(a) Malama throws a party for Urania.
(b) Urania dies.
(c) Urania names the baby "Abner."
(d) The baby dies.

4. What bad omen does the island king experience before he sails away?
(a) A cloud shaped like a fist.
(b) A fire that won't start.
(c) A broken bone.
(d) A bad dream.

5. What does decomposed lava rock create?
(a) Quicksand.
(b) Diamonds.
(c) Algae.
(d) Soil.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the time of their journey, seven centuries before Columbus, what people had sailed the farthest?

2. After nine years in Hawaii, how many children do Abner and Jerusha have?

3. What causes lava rock to decompose?

4. When Kelolo teaches Hawaiian history to Abner, how many generations does he say have been born since the original founding journey from Bora Bora?

5. What is lava?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the first new village site the king and his followers choose, and is what happens good or bad?

2. What dangerous message does Teroro receive from Tehani, the fourteen-year-old girl who takes him to her sleeping quarters after the convocation?

3. Since a new island is made of bare rock, where its soil come from?

4. After the island in Chapter 1 was fully formed, the earth shifted, sinking it under 1,200 feet of water again for millions of years. What new feature formed around the island during that time?

5. How does Abner Hale react when he is told that Hawaiians, including their Alii Nui (queen), Malama, practice polygamy, and that the rocks in the garden are family gods?

6. The Alii Nui, Malama, dies, and her daughter Neolani becomes the new Alii Nui in her place. What is Malama's dying wish, and do Malama's family members and Abner honor it?

7. What does King Tamatoa plan to do about his conflict with the powerful and dangerous high priest?

8. By the time the island emerged again and developed into a lush paradise of unique foliage, ready for discovery, what was the one thing lacking that human explorers would need?

9. Once an island finally reaches the ocean's surface, is its presence there permanent? Why or why not?

10. In Chapter 1, what natural feature does author James Michener describe as dwarfing all others on Earth, and why?

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