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. In 1963 who does the Dutch government begin to give control of the Netherlands New Guinea to?

2. Near the end of the book, Richardson describes a new place where the mission plane lands. What is that place?

3. What does Richardson organize to celebrate his first Christmas with the Sawi?

4. Why is it so difficult for the Sawi people to convert to Richardson's faith?

5. Who is the woman, once beautiful, now covered in mud, weeping and wailing in grief?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 24, what does Richardson organize and describe that would have been impossible when he first arrived?

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

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

4. What do the Richardsons conclude about the ongoing violence which they face amid the combined Sawi village communities?

5. Who is God's "Tarop"?

6. What is "aumamay"?

7. What have the Sawi built in the time after modern life and Christianity have come to them?

8. What ritual do the Sawi villagers engage in which inspires the title of this book?

9. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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