Papua New Guinea Reconciliation

Type: Multiple Choice & True/False

Level: Intermediate

Category: Transport & Travel

Questions: 10

Instructions: Read through the text below, answer the questions that follow, then click on 'Grade Me!' to view your score.

Papua New Guinea Reconciliation

In Papua New Guinea, the descendants of cannibals who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878 have apologised for their ancestors' actions. They held a reconciliation ceremony, which was attended by thousands of people, in the East New Britain province where they were killed.

The missionaries were part of a group of Methodist ministers and teachers who arrived in 1875 to spread Christianity. The murders three years later, by Tolai tribespeople on the Gazelle Peninsula, triggered angry reprisals. The English pastor who was head of the mission, George Brown, avenged the killings by taking part in an expedition that resulted in the deaths of a number of tribespeople and the burning of several villages.

Candles were lit in memory of the four. Fiji's High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, accepted the apologies on behalf of the descendants."We at this juncture are deeply touched and wish you the greatest joy of forgiveness as we finally end this record disagreement," he said.

The Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane praised the early missionaries for making the country Christian and called for more people to follow the guiding principles of the religion.

Comprehension Questions...

Q1 - The descendants of the cannibals are sorry about what happened.

Q2 - Few people attended the ceremony.

Q3 - The ceremony was held in the UK.

Q4 - The missionaries were killed very soon after they arrived.

Q5 - No one was punished for the killings.

Q6 - The Fijian representative attended.

Q7 - Ratu Isoa Tikoca was not moved by the ceremony.

Q8 - Candles were lit to remember the missionaries.

Q9 - Sir Paulias Matane resents the work of the early missionaries.

Q10 - Sir Paulias Matane wishes that more people had religious principles.