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 is Yae going on a journey to the nearby village of Haenam?

2. What does Richardson build his home with?

3. What do the Sawi warriors do when they meet Don Richardson and John McCain for the first time?

4. What vessel does the Richardson family use to arrive at their new home?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the village of Mauro look like?

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

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

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

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

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 about the jungle frightens Don Richardson?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The shift of government from the remote Dutch authorities to the more present Indonesian authorities brings tremendous change to the Sawi people. What does Richardson say about that change? How and why is that change so dramatic?

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

It takes a great deal of intelligence to survive in the jungle without modern technology. Yet we often describe cultures like the Sawi tribe as "primitive." What is the difference between the kind of intelligence it takes for a Sawi family to survive in a stone age civilization and the kind of intelligence it takes to graduate from an American university? Are there different kinds of knowledge? Is a Sawi person more observant than the typical American student or less? How would a modern American student fare if set in the jungle with stone tools? How would a Sawi person do in high school or college? Write an essay contemplating Sawi intelligence.

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