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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 Kauwan say that Yae should have given him in order to truly win his protection?

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

3. What does Don Richardson do that frightens the Sawi people away from his house?

4. What might a visitor in a Sawi village be offered as a snack?

5. What does eating flesh for the first time mean to Sawi children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Richardson title this chapter "Baptism of Strangeness"?

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

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

Richardson believes that change is inevitable for the Sawi people. How do the changes which he encouraged prepare them for the modern world that would soon descend upon them? Is there a choice for the Sawi people? Would the old ways have vanished no matter what? If a culture loses its world view and religion, does it lose its essence? Or can it retain its identity and absorb a new world view? Can the Sawi be Sawi without their religion, cannibalistic practices and headhunting?

Essay Topic 3

The interaction between the stone age and modern culture is a rare event. The drama of this story is the stunning clash of two worlds. What events in the book most dramatically reveal the strangeness between Tuan/Sawi? The plane? The boat? Selling of a child for an ax? The killing of Yao? The rituals? The cannibalism? Chose three of the most significant and dramatic events and describe them. What is it about these three events which clarify the deep differences between these two cultures?

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