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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. When Jesus and Mohammed were alive, what stage were the islands at?

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

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

5. What happens to the site of the island king's first new settlement?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. Three years after Mrs. Hewlett's death, Mr. Hewlett marries a Hawaiian girl. How do the ABCFM and the local missionary community react to this news?

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. What do the king and his brother, Teroro, argue bitterly about, when the time comes to build the first temple on their new island, and what compromise do they reach?

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

Discuss the history of intermarriage between the family lines of the original missionary families (Hale, Whipple, Hoxworth, Hewlett, and Janders). How is it reflected in their children's names? How did it affect business decisions, alliances and rivalries between the various families, in the century that followed?

Essay Topic 3

How do you think Kamejiro Sakagawa feels, on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor? Discuss the ways in which he has expressed his life-long allegiance to Japan, his feelings about Hawaii, and whether his children feel the same or differently about the day's event.

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