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. Who comes in a dugout to help the stranded party?

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

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

4. What is the second level of despair?

5. Why is Richardson so excited about the peace child ritual?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?

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

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

7. Who is God's "Tarop"?

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

9. What is the Sawidome?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Don Richardson's goal in coming to live with the Sawi people? He states that he is not interested in simply signing up converts or even in teaching the next generation Christian principals and behavior. What does he want? And why?

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 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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