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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 is the Ironwood Curtain?
(a) It means passing from the life of easy and plenty, where there is much light, to the darker world of the jungle.
(b) It means passing into the jungle that is full of trees which are called ironwood because of their dense hard wood.
(c) It refers to that curtain which hangs between life and death.
(d) It refers to the border of iron which the Sawi people have erected around their territory.

2. Are the Sawi women involved in head hunting?
(a) Yes, they often lead the charge to the offending village.
(b) Not directly, but they encourage murder and would participate in clubbing to death wounded victims.
(c) The Sawi women are involved only if they are married.
(d) Yes, they are very good with spears and often had better aim than their husbands.

3. What does the tribe think of treachery and violence?
(a) They don't understand it at all.
(b) They are horrified by the concepts and live only peaceful quiet lives.
(c) They honor it as a legendary activity.
(d) They have never heard of treachery and violence.

4. What does Don Richardson do that frightens the Sawi people away from his house?
(a) He shoots a shot gun in their direction.
(b) He eats brains.
(c) He throws a handful of firecrackers out of the front door.
(d) He lights a kerosene lamp in the darkness.

5. How many treehouses are there, in total, in the Mauro village?
(a) Seven.
(b) One.
(c) Seven hundred and fifty.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kauwan say that Yae should have given him in order to truly win his protection?

2. Why do the Richardsons go to live in New Guinea?

3. Do the Sawi warriors bring weapons with them to Pirimapun?

4. What is the weather like on the day the Richardson family arrives at their new home?

5. Yae's young brother Sao is ill. What is his sickness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Ebenezer Vine promise the students fame and fortune?

2. What tools appears in Chapter 12, Patriarch of the Tumdu, which are new to Sawi culture?

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

4. Who are the people that the author is going to work with?

5. What do the Richardsons find surprising and difficult about the Sawi people?

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

7. Why is the sound of the diesel boat engines so frightening?

8. What does Richardson believe is unavoidable in modern life?

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

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

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