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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 3, what subject does Abner Hale study at Yale University?

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

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

4. How far below the surface did fissures form?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How well do King Tamatoa and the high priest get along, and why do you think so?

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

5. Malama wants to study how to read and write in English. Abner Hale wants her to learn about God first. How is this impasse resolved?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 6, after World War II, the Japanese wife of Goro Sakagama meets with Dr. Sumi Yamazaki, a young sociologist from the University of Hawaii who is making a study of Japanese women who married American G.I.s. Dr. Yamazaki's findings indicate that the happiness of those Japanese brides depends largely on whether the American husband is of Caucasian, Chinese or Japanese descent. Describe Dr. Yamazaki's findings for each of these ethnic groups, and whether you believe her theories to be true or untrue.

Essay Topic 2

In her 100th year, Nyuk Tsin offers the following piece of advice to her grandson, Hong Kong Kee: "If someone wants to hurt you, keep him off balance. Make him take the first step toward you, for then you can watch him coming and take precautions." Discuss how this advice applies to decisions that Nyuk Tsin has made during her long life.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Hawaiian experience of missionary Abraham Hewlett, first with his wife Urania and then, after her death, with his wife Malia. Then compare and contrast how Hewlett was treated by Abner Hale and how he was treated by John Whipple.

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