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. What does "my liver trembles" refer to?

2. What is the first thing Warahi says when he comes out of his coma?

3. What two villages are fighting on the Tuan's doorstep?

4. What do the Sawi people build for a dead person?

5. What does Hato say about God?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is God's "Tarop"?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when the Richardson family and their Sawi friends capsized in the dugout?

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

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

9. What is "aumamay"?

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

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 3

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?

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