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 does Richardson build his home with?

2. What does the Richardson family sleep underneath?

3. What do the Sawi warriors bring on their first trading mission to Pirimapun?

4. How many wives does Yae's cousin Wasi have?

5. How many pounds does the average wild boar weigh?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Sawi people hide in the thorn bushes when the plane comes?

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

4. What is Ebenezer Vine trying to accomplish with his lecture tour?

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

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

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

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

9. What kinds of weapons does Yae take on the trip?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author believes that remote tribes such as the Sawi should be contacted. Why does he believe this? Is it simply for reasons of conversion? What does the author believe is inevitable for these remote people? Why does he feel justified in the being "first contact" for these ancient cultures?

Essay Topic 2

The world of the Sawi people is very complex and based upon survival needs and a strong structure of family and tribal identity. Write an essay describing some aspect of the complexity that underlies what might seem like a simple hunter/gatherer society. For instance, Richardson finds that the language itself is very sophisticated and nuanced. The system of protection that family ties offer, for instance mother-in-law bonds, is both unique and imaginative. There is symbolism in the clothing, jewelry, and other items that the tribespeople own. Chose some aspect of the Sawi culture and show how there is an underlying sophistication to what might seem "primitive."

Essay Topic 3

Cross-cultural communication has always been part of human life. In recent times, however, with our ability to travel so easily and quickly, the mixing of cultures has become commonplace. Richardson was working with the Sawi people at a time when travel was becoming very accessible. What are the ethical issues of influencing another culture? Does Richardson have the right to intrude upon the Sawi people? Is it his responsibility to share valuable wisdom with people who have not been exposed to ideas which can bring peace and understanding in new ways?

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