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

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

3. Why does Yae's wife, Kautap, throw his stone ax in the river when she hears that her husband has been murdered?

4. How old is Don Richardson when he first felt a spiritual call to serve God as a missionary?

5. What does Richardson feel when he first shakes hands with a Sawi elder?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the chapter title mean?

3. What do the elders Kigo, Hato and Numu do with the gifts they receive from the Tuans who are on the boat?

4. What are some of the fears which the Sawi people have about the Tuans?

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

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

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

8. What was the moment in which Yae realizes that he has been tricked?

9. What is the key concept from Christianity that the missionary family uses to teach the Sawi people another way to live?

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

During the time Richardson and his wife live with the Sawi people, change comes to both missionary and village people. Describe the change that the final chapter lays out in terms of the Sawi people. How have they been changed? What basic behaviors have been altered? How is Don Richardson different from the young man who set out from Canada on this journey?

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

The world of the Sawi people is very complex and based upon survival needs and a strong structure of family and tribal identity. Write an essay describing some aspect of the complexity that underlies what might seem like a simple hunter/gatherer society. For instance, Richardson finds that the language itself is very sophisticated and nuanced. The system of protection that family ties offer, for instance mother-in-law bonds, is both unique and imaginative. There is symbolism in the clothing, jewelry, and other items that the tribespeople own. Chose some aspect of the Sawi culture and show how there is an underlying sophistication to what might seem "primitive."

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