Peace Child Test | Final 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. Who comes in a dugout to help the stranded party?

2. How does the author describe a Sawi manhouse?

3. Mahean is the first to step forward to try to carry out the peace child ritual. What stops him?

4. Do the Sawi men believe their children are strong?

5. Why are the Sawi people so upset with Don Richardson over his actions with Warahai?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the phrase "cool water" mean in the Sawi language?

2. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?

3. What is the Sawidome?

4. Who is God's "Tarop"?

5. What does "my liver trembles" mean in the Sawi idiom?

6. What does Richardson promise to teach the Sawi Christians?

7. In May of 1963 what happened to the government of New Guinea?

8. What is "aumamay"?

9. What does Richardson see in the ritual of the Sawi peace child which gives him hope about sharing his Christian message with the villagers?

10. What are the four levels of despair in the Sawi ritual of "gefam asan"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the time Richardson and his wife live with the Sawi people, change comes to both missionary and village people. Describe the change that the final chapter lays out in terms of the Sawi people. How have they been changed? What basic behaviors have been altered? How is Don Richardson different from the young man who set out from Canada on this journey?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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