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 word that Sawi greet one another with?

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

3. Who is Ebenezer G. Vine?

4. What does the Sawi expression "hahap kaman" mean?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the Sawi people see Kani and Mahean as the epitome of manhood?

3. Why does Wario, Mahaen's mother-in-law, agree to be part of Kani's terrible revenge plot?

4. What is Yae trying to do as he makes a journey to the nearby village of Haenam?

5. Why is Narai waiting in the elephant grass, in his small dugout? What is his purpose and job to do on this auspicious day?

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

7. The Sawi people have a saying "the spirits have accepted our skin-grease in their rivers." What does this mean?

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

9. Why does Yae throw water from the river into the air in order to drink it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Human beings interpret stories based on experience. The Sawi people interpret the story of Jesus based upon their own world view and practical human experience. How does their interpretation of Judas as the hero of the Jesus story come out of their cultural experience? What parallel are they using to understand the story? What experience in their own lives leads them to see Judas as the hero?

Essay Topic 2

Richardson's agenda is to share the Christian gospel with the Sawi people which he believes will transform their violent culture into a more peaceful one. There are many obstacles, however. What obstacle does language present to him? Even more troubling for Richardson is the lack of cultural parallels between the Judeo-Christian world view and the Sawi world view. Write about the difference of introducing Christianity into a Jewish culture vs. introducing Christianity into the Sawi culture.

Essay Topic 3

Every culture has rituals for the process of death, dying and grief. What specifically are the Sawi rituals for each of these stages? What beliefs are these rituals based on?

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