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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 the name of Teroro's wife?

2. Who is Kelolo?

3. What word best describes the kind of soil eventually created on the island?

4. What god does the island king silently accept, at the temple ceremony?

5. Why does Abner Hale marry Jerusha Bromley?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Abner Hale react when he is told that Hawaiians, including their Alii Nui (queen), Malama, practice polygamy, and that the rocks in the garden are family gods?

2. In the 1860s, John Whipple has many opportunities to observe the new Chinese workers as they settle into their lives in Hawaii. What impression do they make on him?

3. Compare how the Hakka and Punti workers deal with each other before their voyage to Hawaii and how they act after the voyage. Why is there a change?

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. During the early days of World War II, how does a war-bond speech made by Hong Kong Kee end up causing him to loan the money that enables Kamejiro to open a grocery store?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. In 1952, as soon as 106-year-old Nyuk Tsin hears that it is legal for an Asian to become a U.S. citizen, she tries to learn to read and write so that she can pass the test. When she can't meet that requirement, what compromise is reached?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the 1950's, Elinor Henderson (descendant of missionary Immanuel Quigley) refers to Kelly Kaanakoa and the Hawaiian people as "The Dispossessed." When he protests that he has everything he wants, she retorts: "You don't have your islands. The Japanese have them. You don't have the money. The Chinese have that. You don't have the land. The Fort has that. And you don't have your gods. My ancestors took care of that." Evaluate the fairness or unfairness of her statement, in light of the book's events.

Essay Topic 2

Explore Abner Hale's reaction to his son Micah's return to Hawaii in 1849, and how that reaction changes when he is introduced to Micah's new bride, Malama Hoxworth. Explore the personal histories that account for Abner Hale's extreme reaction, and explain how this incident was a major contributing factor in the establishment of the powerful company known as Hoxworth and Hale.

Essay Topic 3

Define a "theocracy," a "monarchy," and a "democracy." Discuss the strengths and shortcomings of each, and examine how each was depicted in the novel HAWAII.

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