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 is a good strategy for a Sawi village that wants to take revenge against another village?

2. How does Yae get from the tree house to the ground?

3. Why is Hadi so important to Don Richardson?

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

5. What does "Tuwi asonai makaerin" mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Yae trying to do as he makes a journey to the nearby village of Haenam?

3. Why does Richardson title this chapter "Baptism of Strangeness"?

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

5. What is Carol Richardson's reaction to the sight of 200 armed warriors and the women and children standing massed, awaiting their arrival?

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

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

8. What are the Sawi concerned about when Richardson takes a bath in the Kronkel river?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cross-cultural communication has always been part of human life. In recent times, however, with our ability to travel so easily and quickly, the mixing of cultures has become commonplace. Richardson was working with the Sawi people at a time when travel was becoming very accessible. What are the ethical issues of influencing another culture? Does Richardson have the right to intrude upon the Sawi people? Is it his responsibility to share valuable wisdom with people who have not been exposed to ideas which can bring peace and understanding in new ways?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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