1. Explain the physical challenges facing the first people to explore and settle the Pacific Islands and describe the cultural solutions that they used.
2. Define and distinguish between the three ethnogeographic regions of the Pacific: Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.
3. Explain how we can be certain that the ancestors of the Pacific Islanders originated in Asia, not South America.
4. Describe the main components of Pacific Islander subsistence and compare with Amazonian systems.
5. Explain the ways in which life in the Pacific Islands makes demands on people that conflict with the moral systems that characterize the tribal world.
6. Evaluate the Pacific Islander evidence for the theory that growth is an elite-directed process that concentrates social power and diffuses the costs.
7. Using Pacific Islander examples, describe the conditions that facilitated the construction of complex chiefdoms and weigh the evidence for alternative causal explanations.
8. Describe the distribution of social power in Hawaii under King Kamehameha in 1819.
9. Describe the main features of Pacific Islander religious belief and practice in comparison with those of the tribal world.
10. Describe how absolute size of island societies is related to cultural organization and the distribution of social power.
11. Compare gender relations in island societies with gender relations in the tribal world.