Peace Child Test | Final Test - Easy

Don Richardson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the third level of despair?
(a) Setting the dead person's body onto a river raft, loaded with stones.
(b) Plunging one's hand deep into the putrid body cavity of the dead person.
(c) Standing for several hours absolutely still, next to the body.
(d) Throwing the bones of the deceased upon the death camp bonfire.

2. What is the first level of despair?
(a) Tearing one's clothing and covering oneself in ashes.
(b) Hiking three miles to a nearby death camp.
(c) Waiting for nine days and nights as the body decomposes in the grave house.
(d) Sleeping with the body of the person who has died.

3. Why is Richardson shocked by the dead man Warahai's condition?
(a) Warahai is still conscious, has a faint pulse and is breathing.
(b) Warahai has been eaten by crocodiles.
(c) Warahai has been dead many days.
(d) Warahai has been wrapped in sago leaves.

4. What does Don Richardson respect about the Sawi men?
(a) They are excellent writers and have captured their history in many books.
(b) They are accomplished naturalists and have great courage and survival skills.
(c) They are well traveled and have been all over the world.
(d) He does not respect anything about the Sawi men.

5. Why does Amio want Hurip to die?
(a) Hurip tried to kill Amio earlier in the day.
(b) Hurip owes Amio much money and will not pay.
(c) Hurip killed the peace child which Hato, Amio's father, gave to the Kayagar.
(d) Hurip is his father's uncle and not to be trusted.

6. Do the Sawi men believe their children are strong?
(a) They do not care about their own children.
(b) Yes, they believe their own children can withstand anything.
(c) No, they know their own children are very fragile.
(d) Yes, they believe their own children are immortal.

7. Where are dead bodies interred in a Sawi village?
(a) In a small, coffin-sized gravehouse, elevated five to fifteen feet above ground.
(b) They are sunk in the Kronkel river just downstream of the village.
(c) In a communal grave, on the edge of the village.
(d) Deep in the earth, directly under the family longhouse.

8. In Sawi what does "cool water" mean?
(a) Peace.
(b) Shocking truth.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Cold nights.

9. What are the relatives of Warahai doing to his body now that they believe his soul has left?
(a) Putting heavy stones on him in order to sink his body to the bottom of the river.
(b) Carrying him around the village on their shoulders.
(c) Burning him with coals, shouting his name and pinching him.
(d) Laying sago bread across his chest.

10. Which two village groups need to make peace?
(a) Haenam and Kamur.
(b) Olada and Naydu.
(c) Kayagar and Atum.
(d) Pirapum and Plactoman.

11. What medicine do the Richardsons have which saves the lives of Mavu, Nair and Paha?
(a) Aspirin.
(b) Penicillin.
(c) X-rays.
(d) Prayer.

12. Why is Beray not welcoming to the men from Wiyar?
(a) Beray had recently been attacked by the Wiyar men.
(b) Beray had been banished from Wiyar.
(c) They had cannibalized his father six years earlier.
(d) They would not let him marry into the tribe.

13. What do the Sawi people raise their children to be?
(a) Musical and artistic.
(b) Invisible in the jungle.
(c) Quiet and reticent.
(d) Strong willed.

14. What do the Sawi men build on the Kronkel river under Richardson's guidance?
(a) A breakwater barrier.
(b) A huge raft made of ironwood poles.
(c) A 110-foot iron bridge.
(d) A small island made of concrete.

15. Why do the young boys spread the news that the Richardson family is eating brains?
(a) Because Richardsons tell the boys this to frighten them.
(b) Because the Richardsons frighten them.
(c) Because their macaroni supper looks like brains.
(d) Because they are lying to get attention.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Aham's role in the village?

2. In 1963 who does the Dutch government begin to give control of the Netherlands New Guinea to?

3. What is "aumamay"?

4. Why is Richardson so excited about the peace child ritual?

5. What does Richardson believe keeps true peace from existing among Sawi people?

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