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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does seven-month-old Stephen think of his first journey down the Kronkel river?
(a) Stephen is bored and plays with his toys, rarely looking up.
(b) Stephen sleeps the entire way.
(c) Stephen is full of wonder and awe.
(d) Stephen is very frightened and cannot stop crying.

2. What time of day does the Richardson family arrive at their new home?
(a) Midnight.
(b) Sunset.
(c) Noon.
(d) Daybreak.

3. What does Don Richardson interpret the tumult of Sawi activity as?
(a) A baptism into a new and strange world.
(b) A dangerous cannibalistic ritual.
(c) The beginning of a violent war between Sawi and Tuan.
(d) A chance to learn the Sawi language.

4. What does the woman Anai do when she hears that Yae's jawbone will be given to her?
(a) She cries out in jubilation and dances to celebrate her great honor.
(b) She is filled with remorse and grief and refuses to take it.
(c) She promises that she will send it to Yae's wife as an expression of her sympathy.
(d) She takes the bone and grinds it into fine dust and then spreads it atop the river.

5. Where is Yae sitting at the beginning of chapter one?
(a) Yae is sitting in a plane which is on its way to Istanbul.
(b) Yae is sitting in his treehouse, forty feet above the Kronkel river.
(c) Yae is sitting in the hospital where his wife is dying in childbirth.
(d) Yae is sitting by the man-made pool in his backyard.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Ironwood Curtain?

2. What is the only safe way for a Sawi person to drink water from the river?

3. What do Sawi use to build the floors of their homes?

4. What kind of flour do the Sawi women use to make bread?

5. What is the most powerful family relationship in Sawi culture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kauwan display "saravon," a customary display of force, and why does he do this when Yae arrives at the village of Haenam?

2. For his journey to Haenam, Yae dresses in a very careful way. What are some of the underlying meanings which his clothing convey?

3. Why was Yae so confident and relaxed on this visit to the Haenam village?

4. Why does Richardson title this chapter "Baptism of Strangeness"?

5. What does the village of Mauro look like?

6. What was the moment in which Yae realizes that he has been tricked?

7. What is the key concept from Christianity that the missionary family uses to teach the Sawi people another way to live?

8. Why does the ecstatic Sawi communal expression of "hahap kaman" so deeply affect Richardson?

9. What is Carol Richardson's reaction to the sight of 200 armed warriors and the women and children standing massed, awaiting their arrival?

10. What response does Richardson offer to those who would advocate that these remote tribes need to be left alone and not contacted?

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