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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 island submerged again, what formed around it?
(a) A harbor.
(b) A whirlpool.
(c) A coral reef.
(d) A rainbow.

2. How long will the sailing voyage from New England to Hawaii take?
(a) Six days.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Six years.
(d) Six months.

3. What two ways does John Whipple plan to serve God?
(a) As doctor and missionary.
(b) As cook and doctor.
(c) As missionary and sailor.
(d) As missionary and cook.

4. What is a submerged island called when it reaches the ocean's surface?
(a) Land.
(b) Lava.
(c) Fissure.
(d) Rupture.

5. How do the other missionaries on the voyage to Hawaii feel about Abner?
(a) They ignore him.
(b) They look to him for guidance.
(c) They worhsip him.
(d) They laugh at him.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the voyage, what does it mean when the sailors spot flocks of birds catching fish?

2. What two kinds of animals does the island king plan to take along on the escape voyage to use for meat?

3. What is an accurate description of the earliest beaches?

4. What is true about the body of water in Chapter 1?

5. What beneficial object may have reached the island in bird excrement?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What are the earliest life forms that an island can support, once it has formed soil?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How does the voyage go, and what good and/or bad omens do the travelers encounter?

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