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. Why is Beray not welcoming to the men from Wiyar?

2. How does the author describe a Sawi manhouse?

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

4. What does Richardson believe is stopping the Sawi people from following the Christian path?

5. What does the word "navo" mean in Sawi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Sawidome?

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

4. Why does Carol's warm wash water have black specks in it?

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

6. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?

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

8. Who is Biakadon?

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

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

There are moments when Don Richardson is transformed and sees the Sawi people not as "other" but as individual human beings much like himself. Choose a few of those moments and write about the process of his own personal shift of perception in terms of understanding the Sawi people in a new way. What does he come to respect and admire about them?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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