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 does the white skin of the Tuans remind the Sawi people of?

2. What do the Sawi people believe airplanes are?

3. What does Richardson build his home with?

4. What is the name of the tribe that Don Richardson and his wife Carol live with?

5. What is the only safe way for a Sawi person to drink water from the river?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What about the jungle frightens Don Richardson?

5. What do the young 7-month-old Stephen and the grown Sawi man Narai have in common?

6. What does the chapter title mean?

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

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

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

10. How is the boar killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Human beings interpret stories based on experience. The Sawi people interpret the story of Jesus based upon their own world view and practical human experience. How does their interpretation of Judas as the hero of the Jesus story come out of their cultural experience? What parallel are they using to understand the story? What experience in their own lives leads them to see Judas as the hero?

Essay Topic 2

Peace Child is a before-and-after book. There is a particular culture in place before Richardson arrived and brought new ideas and there is a particular culture that emerges out of the interchange between the author and the Sawi people. What is the world of the Sawi people like before Richardson arrives? What are the benefits of the Sawi culture before the influence of Richardson and the modern world? What are the challenges?

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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