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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 Richardson believe is unavoidable in our present world?

2. Do the Sawi warriors bring weapons with them to Pirimapun?

3. What kind of flour do the Sawi women use to make bread?

4. Where is Yae sitting at the beginning of chapter one?

5. When Don Richardson first goes to work with the Sawi people, what foreign nation had claimed that area as its own?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Richardson believe is unavoidable in modern life?

7. What about the jungle frightens Don Richardson?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Much of a Sawi person's day is spent gathering or hunting food. Families are mutually dependent upon each other for daily survival. What impact does this type of lifestyle have upon the Sawi family structure? What shape does a typical Sawi family take and is it a stable unit? What examples do you find in the book to support your conclusion?

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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