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. Why do the elders Kigo, Hatu and Numu volunteer to make contact with the Tuans?

2. What is Don Richardson feeling as he steps onto the bank of the Kronkel and meets those who are waiting for them?

3. What is the primary redemptive analogy which Richardson uses to reach the tribal people?

4. Why does a Sawi wife shave her head?

5. What do the Sawi people do when the long poles holding up their homes begin to rot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about the jungle frightens Don Richardson?

2. How is the boar killed?

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

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

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

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

7. What does the village of Mauro look like?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Metaphor has often been used to explain life and death. How does the metaphor of Christian resurrection and Sawi "remon" parallel each other? What natural phenomenon do they both use to explain rebirth?

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