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 might a visitor in a Sawi village be offered as a snack?

2. How does Don Richardson find a way into the hearts and minds of the tribe?

3. Why must the women, young men and children leave when Yae's skull is cracked open?

4. Which of these terms can be used to describe the tribe?

5. Who is Patches?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the boar killed?

2. Does Ebenezer Vine promise the students fame and fortune?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What tools appears in Chapter 12, Patriarch of the Tumdu, which are new to Sawi culture?

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

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

Peace Child is what Richardson calls a "redemptive analogy." What does he mean by this? What is the redemptive story that Richardson is trying to teach them and why does the Sawi ritual of the Peace Child provide a connection? What does the peace child represent for the Sawi people? For Richardson?

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