Peace Child Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Don Richardson
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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 is the ancient Sawi custom of "waness"?

2. What do the Tuans reportedly have to prevent fever and heal sores?

3. What does the Richardson family sleep underneath?

4. What does Richardson feel when he first shakes hands with a Sawi elder?

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. What do the elders Kigo, Hato and Numu do with the gifts they receive from the Tuans who are on the boat?

3. What are the Sawi concerned about when Richardson takes a bath in the Kronkel river?

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

5. What are some of the fears which the Sawi people have about the Tuans?

6. How is the boar killed?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The shift of government from the remote Dutch authorities to the more present Indonesian authorities brings tremendous change to the Sawi people. What does Richardson say about that change? How and why is that change so dramatic?

Essay Topic 2

Peace Child is a before-and-after book. There is a particular culture in place before Richardson arrived and brought new ideas and there is a particular culture that emerges out of the interchange between the author and the Sawi people. What is the world of the Sawi people like before Richardson arrives? What are the benefits of the Sawi culture before the influence of Richardson and the modern world? What are the challenges?

Essay Topic 3

Peace Child is what Richardson calls a "redemptive analogy." What does he mean by this? What is the redemptive story that Richardson is trying to teach them and why does the Sawi ritual of the Peace Child provide a connection? What does the peace child represent for the Sawi people? For Richardson?

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