Peace Child Test | Final Test - Hard

Don Richardson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mahean is the first to step forward to try to carry out the peace child ritual. What stops him?

2. Why do the young boys spread the news that the Richardson family is eating brains?

3. What two villages are fighting on the Tuan's doorstep?

4. What vision does Aham have which convinces the Sawi villagers that there is no hope for Warahai?

5. How does Mavo respond to the protection and kindness which Richardson shows to him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Richardson's agenda is to share the Christian gospel with the Sawi people which he believes will transform their violent culture into a more peaceful one. There are many obstacles, however. What obstacle does language present to him? Even more troubling for Richardson is the lack of cultural parallels between the Judeo-Christian world view and the Sawi world view. Write about the difference of introducing Christianity into a Jewish culture vs. introducing Christianity into the Sawi culture.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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