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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 does Richardson conclude has been the reason Sawi people have survived so long?
2. In the story about Jesus, who do the Sawi admire?
3. In 1963 who does the Dutch government begin to give control of the Netherlands New Guinea to?
4. What is Aham's role in the village?
5. What does Richardson believe keeps true peace from existing among Sawi people?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the Sawi people know that Warahai's soul has left his body?
2. What is the custom of fighting as described in Chapter 13, War at my Door?
3. Why does Carol's warm wash water have black specks in it?
4. What ritual do the Sawi villagers engage in which inspires the title of this book?
5. What does Mahaen think the underlying reason for "gefam asan" is?
6. What does Richardson promise to teach the Sawi Christians?
7. What does the phrase "cool water" mean in the Sawi language?
8. What surprises Richardson about the Sawi language?
9. What does Richardson see in the ritual of the Sawi peace child which gives him hope about sharing his Christian message with the villagers?
10. What have the Sawi built in the time after modern life and Christianity have come to them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are moments when Don Richardson is transformed and sees the Sawi people not as "other" but as individual human beings much like himself. Choose a few of those moments and write about the process of his own personal shift of perception in terms of understanding the Sawi people in a new way. What does he come to respect and admire about them?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Why have the Sawi people been so protected from the modern world and its technological advances? Write an essay which explores both the physical reasons (geography), lifestyle, and world view of the Sawi culture which has kept it at such a remote distance.
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