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 the woman Anai do when she hears that Yae's jawbone will be given to her?

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

3. Who actually completes the murder of Yae?

4. What is the Eren ceremony?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do the young 7-month-old Stephen and the grown Sawi man Narai have in common?

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

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

8. How is the boar killed?

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

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

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

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

The Sawi language is multi-layered, very complex, poetic, and sophisticated. Why would such a language arise from a culture that has no written language? Or is the fact that the Sawi do not have a written language part of the reason that the verbal language has become so sophisticated? Is their remoteness an asset in terms of language development? Has it given them time to develop a more pure and complicated way to communicate? Or is it the fact that they are such an ancient culture? Richardson struggles with understanding how such a language could come from the Sawi people. What are his thoughts and observations about the Sawi language?

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