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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. Who is building Richardson's house?

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

3. How many piers are driven into the jungle floor to build Richardson's house?

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

5. Who is the patriarch of the Tumdu?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why was Yae so confident and relaxed on this visit to the Haenam village?

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

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

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

7. What does the village of Mauro look like?

8. What about the jungle frightens Don Richardson?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why have the Sawi people been so protected from the modern world and its technological advances? Write an essay which explores both the physical reasons (geography), lifestyle, and world view of the Sawi culture which has kept it at such a remote distance.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is Don Richardson's goal in coming to live with the Sawi people? He states that he is not interested in simply signing up converts or even in teaching the next generation Christian principals and behavior. What does he want? And why?

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