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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 million miles long.
(d) Two thousand miles long.

2. What convinces Abner to become a missionary and go to Hawaii?
(a) The terms of Abner's father's will.
(b) Keoki Kanakoa's lecture at Yale University.
(c) It has been Abner's life-long ambition.
(d) A message in a fortune cookie.

3. How many miles does the group have to sail to reach their new home?
(a) Five hundred miles.
(b) Five thousand miles.
(c) Five miles.
(d) Fifty miles.

4. What two kinds of animals does the island king plan to take along on the escape voyage to use for meat?
(a) Lambs and pigs.
(b) Pigeons and chickens.
(c) Chickens and dogs.
(d) Goats and sheep.

5. What word best describes the foliage on the island at the end of Chapter 1?
(a) Desert-like.
(b) Unique.
(c) Sparse.
(d) Poisonous.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the newest god and the island of the gods?

2. How long will the sailing voyage from New England to Hawaii take?

3. When Jesus and Mohammed were alive, what stage were the islands at?

4. After three years in Hawaii, what task is Abner still trying to complete?

5. What is the name of the island king?

Short Essay Questions

1. Once the king and his followers settle at their new village site, they make many important decisions about their future. Pick one and discuss it briefly.

2. When the wife of missionary Abraham Hewlett goes into labor, Abner must deliver the baby. He consults his book on midwifery but won't gather the herbs that the Hawaiian women say that Mrs. Hewlett will need after the birth. What happens as a result?

3. Three years after Mrs. Hewlett's death, Mr. Hewlett marries a Hawaiian girl. How do the ABCFM and the local missionary community react to this news?

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

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

6. The six-month ocean voyage to Hawaii is a rough test of endurance. How does Abner Hale respond to this challenge?

7. Is the formation of a new island a quick process? Why or why not?

8. In Chapter 3, why does the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) insist that Abner Hale get married before he is allowed to sail to Hawaii as a missionary?

9. 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?

10. Nine years later, Abner is delighted to learn that his oldest son, Micah, is returning to Hawaii as a minister. But when he meets the ship, he learns that Micah has married the daughter of Neolani (and granddaughter of the old Alii-Nui, Malama). How does Abner react to this news?

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