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 the name of the tribe that Don Richardson and his wife Carol live with?

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

3. What flag flies on the deck of the "super canoe"?

4. What time of day does the Richardson family arrive at their new home?

5. How many wives does the patriarch of Tumdu have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What response does Richardson offer to those who would advocate that these remote tribes need to be left alone and not contacted?

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

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

4. Who are the people that the author is going to work with?

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

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

7. For his journey to Haenam, Yae dresses in a very careful way. What are some of the underlying meanings which his clothing convey?

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

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

10. What does the chapter title mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Peace Child is what Richardson calls a "redemptive analogy." What does he mean by this? What is the redemptive story that Richardson is trying to teach them and why does the Sawi ritual of the Peace Child provide a connection? What does the peace child represent for the Sawi people? For Richardson?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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