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 it so important to Richardson that the patriarchs, the older men, convert to Christianity?

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

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

4. Which two village groups need to make peace?

5. In the story about Jesus, who do the Sawi admire?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?

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

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

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

6. A Sawi woman dies in childbirth along with the twins that she gives birth to. What do the Sawi believe about twins?

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

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

9. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

10. How do the Sawi people know that Warahai's soul has left his body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The shift of government from the remote Dutch authorities to the more present Indonesian authorities brings tremendous change to the Sawi people. What does Richardson say about that change? How and why is that change so dramatic?

Essay Topic 2

The world of the Sawi people is very complex and based upon survival needs and a strong structure of family and tribal identity. Write an essay describing some aspect of the complexity that underlies what might seem like a simple hunter/gatherer society. For instance, Richardson finds that the language itself is very sophisticated and nuanced. The system of protection that family ties offer, for instance mother-in-law bonds, is both unique and imaginative. There is symbolism in the clothing, jewelry, and other items that the tribespeople own. Chose some aspect of the Sawi culture and show how there is an underlying sophistication to what might seem "primitive."

Essay Topic 3

Richardson has a theory that the distance between the Sawi culture and his own can be bridged if he can find an analogy between the two. What is a cultural analogy? What is the bridge that Richardson finds? How does he recognize it?

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