Preparing for the Compass Test

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High green curtains of trees woven with tangled streamers of vine shield the jungle. A siren scream of cicadas pierces the air. The day passes in a blur, and night descends quickly.

And that's when we are accosted by the screaming men on the riverbank. Kembaren refuses to come to their side of the river. "It's too dangerous," he whispers. Now the two Korowai armed with bows and arrows are paddling a pirogue toward us. I ask Kembaren if he has a gun. He shakes his head no.

As their pirogue bumps against ours, one of the men growls that laleo are forbidden to enter their sacred river, and that my presence angers the spirits. Korowai are animists, believing that powerful beings live in specific trees and parts of rivers. The tribesman demands that we give the clan a pig to absolve the sacrilege. A pig costs 350,000 rupiahs, or about $40. It's a Stone Age shakedown. I count out the money and pass it to the man, who glances at the Indonesian currency and grants us permission to pass.

What use is money to these people? I ask Kembaren as our boatmen paddle to safety upriver. "It's useless here," he answers, "but whenever they get any money, and that's rare, the clans use it to help pay bride prices for Korowai girls living closer to Yaniruma. They understand the dangers of incest, and so girls must marry into unrelated clans."

About an hour farther up the river, we pull up onto the bank, and I scramble up a muddy slope, dragging myself over the slippery rise by grasping exposed tree roots. Bailom and the porters are waiting for us and wearing worried faces. Bailom says that the tribesmen knew we were coming because they had intercepted the porters as they passed near their treehouses.

Paul Raffael--Sleeping with Cannibals, Smithsonian.com

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The word accosted as used in the passage most nearly means
    a.challenged
    b.killed
    c.surprised
    d.flabbergasted

  

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The reader can deduce from the passage that the word laleo refers to
    a.Korowai
    b.outsiders
    c.journalists
    d.cicadas

  

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The best title for this passage might be
    a.A Pig and a Spear
    b.The Land Where Money Is Useless
    c.First Encounter with Korowai
    d.Jungle Dangers

  

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The passage suggests that the Korowai
    a.are cannibals
    b.have the power to see the future
    c.live in trees
    d.are powerful beings who live in trees

  

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It is implied that
    a.this event takes place in the Stone Age.
    b.only money could pay a bride price.
    c.clans intermarried with one another.
    d.only Korowai girls living closer to Yaniruma used money.

  

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According to the passage,
    a.the outsiders were able to continue their journey once they gave the Korowai a pig.
    b.Money was in short supply for the Korowai.
    c.the Korowai were armed with guns.
    d.permission to pass was not granted until the next day.

  

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The passage states that the Korowai are
    a.porters
    b.sacred
    c.animists
    d.cicadas

  

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Most probably the author is
    a.a physician
    b.an ornithologist
    c.an expert on the Korowai
    d.a journalist

  

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The tone of the passage is
    a.emotional
    b.nostalgic
    c.informative
    d.ambivalent

  

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The writer conveys his point through the use of
    a.explanation
    b.reporting
    c.scare tactics
    d.persuasive language

  

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The phrase "curtains of trees" suggests
    a.that the foreigners could come and go only when the curtains were open.
    b.that the jungle seemed hidden from outsiders.
    c.that the trees were tall.
    d.that the vines created a tapestry effect on the trees.

  

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What might come next in this passage?
    a.A description of the author's journey into Korowai's sacred land.
    b.A description of the author's return home.
    c.An explanation of bride prices.
    d.Dialogue between two clans.

  


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