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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. Why does Kauwan refuse to help Yae escape his terrible fate?
2. What does the Richardson family sleep underneath?
3. What is the primary redemptive analogy which Richardson uses to reach the tribal people?
4. What time of day does the Richardson family arrive at their new home?
5. What are the two new tools Richardson gives the men of Tumdu?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Richardson see as the true battle in Chapter 13, War at my Door?
2. Why does Richardson title this chapter "Baptism of Strangeness"?
3. In Chapter 24, what does Richardson organize and describe that would have been impossible when he first arrived?
4. Why is the arrival of Hurip, the injured Kayagar, such a challenge?
5. Who is Biakadon?
6. What do the Richardsons find surprising and difficult about the Sawi people?
7. What is Carol Richardson's reaction to the sight of 200 armed warriors and the women and children standing massed, awaiting their arrival?
8. What was the moment in which Yae realizes that he has been tricked?
9. What does "my liver trembles" mean in the Sawi idiom?
10. Why was Yae so confident and relaxed on this visit to the Haenam village?
Essay Topic 1
The Sawi language is multi-layered, very complex, poetic, and sophisticated. Why would such a language arise from a culture that has no written language? Or is the fact that the Sawi do not have a written language part of the reason that the verbal language has become so sophisticated? Is their remoteness an asset in terms of language development? Has it given them time to develop a more pure and complicated way to communicate? Or is it the fact that they are such an ancient culture? Richardson struggles with understanding how such a language could come from the Sawi people. What are his thoughts and observations about the Sawi language?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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