Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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?
In Chapter 3, Abner Hale and John Whipple begin as roommates at Yale, and both answer the call to do missionary work in Hawaii, but their paths soon diverge as their decisions bring them into greater and greater conflict with one another. Which of these men eventually feels more fulfilled by the life choices he has made, and why?
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