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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 is a submerged island called when it reaches the ocean's surface?

2. What is an accurate description of the earliest body of water?

3. What time span is covered in Chapter 1?

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

5. What best describes the island civilization described in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Abner and his wife, Jerusha, had four children. When Jerusha dies, what becomes of their children?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Teroro is King Tamatoa's brother. Is he loyal to the king or loyal to the high priest? How can you tell?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his secret journal, missionary Immanuel Quigley wrote: "The Hawaiian is destined to diminish year by year, dispossessed, distraught and confused." In regard to that passage, his descendant Elinor Henderson states that Quigley "...said that we Christians had invaded the islands with the proper God but with an improper set of supporting values. It was his conviction that our God saved the islands, but our ideas killed them. Particularly the Hawaiians." Do you agree or disagree with this view? Explain why, and support your opinion with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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