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 Richardson shocked by the dead man Warahai's condition?

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

3. What do the women do during battle?

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

5. Do the Sawi men believe their children are strong?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Don Richardson shares the story of Jesus with the Sawi men, what is their reaction?

2. What does Kimi come to do to Warahai?

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

4. What does Richardson promise to teach the Sawi Christians?

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

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

7. Why is the arrival of Hurip, the injured Kayagar, such a challenge?

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

9. What does "my liver trembles" mean in the Sawi idiom?

10. Who is Biakadon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The interaction between the stone age and modern culture is a rare event. The drama of this story is the stunning clash of two worlds. What events in the book most dramatically reveal the strangeness between Tuan/Sawi? The plane? The boat? Selling of a child for an ax? The killing of Yao? The rituals? The cannibalism? Chose three of the most significant and dramatic events and describe them. What is it about these three events which clarify the deep differences between these two cultures?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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