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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. What does Keoki tell Abner about the rocks in Malama's garden?
(a) They are family gods.
(b) They are grave markers.
(c) All of the given answers.
(d) They are souvenirs of Malama's travels.

2. What god was the island chief's father sacrificed to appease?
(a) Oro.
(b) Tane.
(c) Havaiki.
(d) Pere.

3. During the voyage from New England to Hawaii, how many people must share each small cabin?
(a) Each person has their own private cabin.
(b) A dozen.
(c) Two.
(d) Eight.

4. After three years in Hawaii, what task is Abner still trying to complete?
(a) His sea shell collection.
(b) Translating the Bible into Hawaiian.
(c) Learning to surf.
(d) The construction of his first church.

5. Who helps Jerusha when her first child, a son, is born?
(a) Abner.
(b) A Hawaiian midwife.
(c) John Whipple.
(d) Malama.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many letters are there in Hawaiian alphabet?

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

3. How do the other missionaries on the voyage to Hawaii feel about Abner?

4. What series of natural phenomena are described as the cause of events in the opening section?

5. What else does the island king plan to take along on the escape voyage?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What were likely to be the earliest living creatures to visit the newly formed island in Chapter 1?

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

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. What does James Michener think of the civilization that existed on the island of Bora Bora at the time that we first see the villagers in Chapter 2?

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

7. How could new plants and life forms reach an island as isolated as the one described in Chapter 1?

8. What is Abner's reaction when the crew of a docked whaling ship go on a rampage through the settlement, sacking the homes of Hawaiians and raping their women?

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

10. What happened, millions of years ago, when a rupture occurred on the ocean floor?

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