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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 announcement does Jerusha make when she reaches Hawaii?
2. During the voyage, what does it mean when the sailors spot flocks of birds catching fish?
3. How did trees first begin to grow on the island?
4. What relation is Teroro to the island king?
5. What are the Seven Little Eyes?
Short Essay Questions
1. The six-month ocean voyage to Hawaii is a rough test of endurance. How does Abner Hale respond to this challenge?
2. 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?
3. Teroro is King Tamatoa's brother. Is he loyal to the king or loyal to the high priest? How can you tell?
4. How could new plants and life forms reach an island as isolated as the one described in Chapter 1?
5. 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.
6. Once an island finally reaches the ocean's surface, is its presence there permanent? Why or why not?
7. What dangerous message does Teroro receive from Tehani, the fourteen-year-old girl who takes him to her sleeping quarters after the convocation?
8. 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?
9. 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?
10. What happened, millions of years ago, when a rupture occurred on the ocean floor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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