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 Warahai's mother crouched over the body of her son, covering his loins with her face and hands?

2. Why is it so difficult for the Sawi people to convert to Richardson's faith?

3. How do the Sawi prepare a body for burial?

4. Who is willing to give up his only son?

5. Where are dead bodies interred in a Sawi village?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Richardson see as the true battle in Chapter 13, War at my Door?

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

4. Who is God's "Tarop"?

5. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peace Child is what Richardson calls a "redemptive analogy." What does he mean by this? What is the redemptive story that Richardson is trying to teach them and why does the Sawi ritual of the Peace Child provide a connection? What does the peace child represent for the Sawi people? For Richardson?

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 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?

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