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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 important position does the king's uncle, Tupuna, pass down to Teroro?

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

3. How deeply was the island submerged?

4. What relation is Teroro to the island king?

5. How does Abner meet John Whipple?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the wife of missionary Abraham Hewlett goes into labor, Abner must deliver the baby. He consults his book on midwifery but won't gather the herbs that the Hawaiian women say that Mrs. Hewlett will need after the birth. What happens as a result?

2. Since a new island is made of bare rock, where its soil come from?

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

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

5. 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?

6. In Chapter 3, why does the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) insist that Abner Hale get married before he is allowed to sail to Hawaii as a missionary?

7. 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?

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

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

10. The six-month ocean voyage to Hawaii is a rough test of endurance. How does Abner Hale respond to this challenge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character of Char Nyuk Tsin. What were her most admirable traits? What traits made her life more difficult? How does Michener use her as a lens through which to view the changes in Hawaii between the 1860's and the 1950's?

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