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. What is "aumamay"?

2. Who is the first patriarch in the Sawi tribe to convert to Christianity?

3. What does Richardson organize to celebrate his first Christmas with the Sawi?

4. What do Aham and Richardson have in common?

5. What do the Sawi people call Jesus?

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

3. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

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

5. In Chapter 24, what does Richardson organize and describe that would have been impossible when he first arrived?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cross-cultural communication has always been part of human life. In recent times, however, with our ability to travel so easily and quickly, the mixing of cultures has become commonplace. Richardson was working with the Sawi people at a time when travel was becoming very accessible. What are the ethical issues of influencing another culture? Does Richardson have the right to intrude upon the Sawi people? Is it his responsibility to share valuable wisdom with people who have not been exposed to ideas which can bring peace and understanding in new ways?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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