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

2. What does the expression "to fatten with friendship for the slaughter" mean?

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

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

5. What are the two new tools Richardson gives the men of Tumdu?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the village of Mauro look like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are moments when Don Richardson is transformed and sees the Sawi people not as "other" but as individual human beings much like himself. Choose a few of those moments and write about the process of his own personal shift of perception in terms of understanding the Sawi people in a new way. What does he come to respect and admire about them?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The shift of government from the remote Dutch authorities to the more present Indonesian authorities brings tremendous change to the Sawi people. What does Richardson say about that change? How and why is that change so dramatic?

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