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. Where are dead bodies interred in a Sawi village?

2. What insult is hurtled at a Haenam youth which almost starts a serious battle?

3. Why is Richardson so excited about the peace child ritual?

4. How many people can be seated at a worship service inside the new Sawidome?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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