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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 are the Seven Little Eyes?

2. After Jerusha dies, what happens to her children?

3. What living creatures are likely to discover a new island?

4. When Malama dies, what keepsake does Kelolo claim?

5. What early life forms can the ocean bring to an island?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were likely to be the earliest living creatures to visit the newly formed island in Chapter 1?

3. 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?

4. How does the voyage go, and what good and/or bad omens do the travelers encounter?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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 3

Describe what happened politically in Hawaii between the ascension of Queen Liliuokalani to the throne in 1891 and Hawaii's annexation by the United States in 1898. What actions did Micah Hale and the white politicians take, and how do you feel about the fairness of those actions?

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