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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. What beneficial things may have reached the island by being caught up in the wind?

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

3. Why does Abner preach the first Sunday service on the voyage to Hawaii?

4. In comparison with the other land masses on the planet, what best describes these islands?

5. In 1825, how much do the missionaries earn per year?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What hard emotional choice much Teroro make, when it is time for the group to sail north?

3. What incident on August 19, 1916, causes hard feelings between Kamejiro and the German supervisor or "luna" under whom he works on the sugar plantation?

4. Between 1893 and 1898, a power struggle plays out between Hawaii's Queen Liliukalani and a group of politicians that includes descendants of the original missionary families. How is this struggle resolved in July of 1898?

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

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

7. What Japanese tradition do Kamejiro and his wife Yoriko introduce in Hawaii as a way to make some much-needed extra money?

8. In 1946, Hoxworth Hale keeps California Fruit and Mr. McLafferty from opening a chain of supermarkets in Hawaii. In turn, what ethnic groups does Mr. McLafferty tell Hong Kong Kee that the success of California Fruit would benefit?

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

10. In Chapter 6, Kelly Kanakoa is a surfer and musician who works as a beach boy. When he falls for Smith graduate Elinor Henderson, he takes her home to meet his mother, Malama Kanakoa. What does he think Elinor and his mother have in common?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how well or poorly the following characters dealt with change, during their lifetimes: (a) Abner Hale; (b) Nyuk Tsin; and (c) Kamejiro Sakagawa.

Essay Topic 2

How did the geographic isolation of Hawaii affect its history, from the time of King Tamatoa's arrival in the 9th century through its annexation by the United States in 1898?

Essay Topic 3

What might have happened differently if all of the missionaries who initially came to Hawaii had been like Abner Hale? What might have happened differently if they had all been like John Whipple?

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