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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. When the island king attends the temple ceremony, what is displayed there?

2. Why does Abner preach the first Sunday service on the voyage to Hawaii?

3. What percent of Lahaina's population dies in the measles epidemic?

4. What two kinds of animals does the island king plan to take along on the escape voyage to use for meat?

5. What world leader's death is mentioned as occurring around the time period described in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Kee Chun Fat, who made his money in the California gold fields, tells his nephew, Mun Ki, what a Chinese must do in order to succeed in America. What is his advice?

2. Later in 1946, in the Japanese city of Yokahama, what does Shigeo notice about the involvement of women in the city's clean-up effort, and why does it seem unfair?

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. Once an island finally reaches the ocean's surface, is its presence there permanent? Why or why not?

5. What happens to the first new village site the king and his followers choose, and is what happens good or bad?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. In Japan in 1902, twenty-year-old Sakagawa Kamejiro is sent by his family council to work in the Hawaii sugar fields. Why does he agree to leave his homeland and take this job?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cultures and ethnic groups that are thrown together geographically have two basic choices: they can clash or they can blend. Show examples of each from HAWAII.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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