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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 do the Sawi people build for a dead person?
2. What do the Sawi men build on the Kronkel river under Richardson's guidance?
3. Where are dead bodies interred in a Sawi village?
4. Why do the young boys spread the news that the Richardson family is eating brains?
5. What brings a time of peace to the Sawi tribes?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?
2. Who is Biakadon?
3. What does Mahaen think the underlying reason for "gefam asan" is?
4. In Chapter 24, what does Richardson organize and describe that would have been impossible when he first arrived?
5. What happens when the Richardson family and their Sawi friends capsized in the dugout?
6. What ritual do the Sawi villagers engage in which inspires the title of this book?
7. How do the Sawi people know that Warahai's soul has left his body?
8. When Don Richardson shares the story of Jesus with the Sawi men, what is their reaction?
9. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?
10. Why does Carol's warm wash water have black specks in it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Sawi language is multi-layered, very complex, poetic, and sophisticated. Why would such a language arise from a culture that has no written language? Or is the fact that the Sawi do not have a written language part of the reason that the verbal language has become so sophisticated? Is their remoteness an asset in terms of language development? Has it given them time to develop a more pure and complicated way to communicate? Or is it the fact that they are such an ancient culture? Richardson struggles with understanding how such a language could come from the Sawi people. What are his thoughts and observations about the Sawi language?
Essay Topic 2
Human beings interpret stories based on experience. The Sawi people interpret the story of Jesus based upon their own world view and practical human experience. How does their interpretation of Judas as the hero of the Jesus story come out of their cultural experience? What parallel are they using to understand the story? What experience in their own lives leads them to see Judas as the hero?
Essay Topic 3
Metaphor has often been used to explain life and death. How does the metaphor of Christian resurrection and Sawi "remon" parallel each other? What natural phenomenon do they both use to explain rebirth?
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