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 is willing to give up his only son?

2. What does "my liver trembles" refer to?

3. Why is it so important to Richardson that the patriarchs, the older men, convert to Christianity?

4. What brings a time of peace to the Sawi tribes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Don Richardson shares the story of Jesus with the Sawi men, what is their reaction?

2. What does Mahaen think the underlying reason for "gefam asan" is?

3. What does Richardson see as the true battle in Chapter 13, War at my Door?

4. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

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

6. Why is the arrival of Hurip, the injured Kayagar, such a challenge?

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

8. What is the custom of fighting as described in Chapter 13, War at my Door?

9. When the Richardsons inform the Sawi leaders that they will be moving, what surprising response do they receive?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author believes that remote tribes such as the Sawi should be contacted. Why does he believe this? Is it simply for reasons of conversion? What does the author believe is inevitable for these remote people? Why does he feel justified in the being "first contact" for these ancient cultures?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Don Richardson's goal in coming to live with the Sawi people? He states that he is not interested in simply signing up converts or even in teaching the next generation Christian principals and behavior. What does he want? And why?

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