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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 treehouses are there, in total, in the Mauro village?

2. What do Sawi use to build the floors of their homes?

3. What is the Eren ceremony?

4. What does the Richardson family sleep underneath?

5. What is Don Richardson feeling as he steps onto the bank of the Kronkel and meets those who are waiting for them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. How does Kauwan display "saravon," a customary display of force, and why does he do this when Yae arrives at the village of Haenam?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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