Mutant Message Down Under Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Marlo Morgan
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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 the man who reads the author's palm say about about the birth of the person she will meet'?

2. What does the tribe engage in during the process of returning Great Stone Hunter to his original healthy state?

3. What are the members of the tribe working together to create?

4. What does each day begin with on the walkabout?

5. What do the author and the tribesmen use as a means for fairly successful communication?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the author taken and what happens once she gets there?

2. What are gravy and icing a symbol of?

3. How does the author learn she has been accepted by the natives?

4. Explain what Ooota means when he says that mental telepathy is the preferred means of communication for The Real People (Aborigines)?

5. Why does the author end up buried in the sand?

6. Why does the author write that the flower the girl wore throughout the day "had meaning" and that her friend's diamonds "had value".

7. What kind of acceptance ritual occurs as they all prepare to sleep?

8. What do The Real People believe that illness and/or injury is really an opportunity for?

9. Describe the beginning of each day as the author experiences several weeks of walking.

10. What does the young man who reads her palm tell the author about why she has come to Australia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the setting of MUTANT MESSAGE DOWN UNDER? How does the setting ultimately feed into the theme of the book? Provide 4 details of the setting that are crucial for the lessons learned from the book. Finally, if the setting were changed, how would it affect the books spiritual nature?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance and the metaphor of "the sacred cave". How is this cave representative of relationships? How is representative of the spiritual life? Use text from the book in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Research the Aboriginal People from the middle of the 20th century to today. What has been their major causes of societal ills and concerns? What politics have played a part in their social position? How has racism affected their very way of life? What does their future look like, even with sweeping changes (or lack thereof). Use references from the text to cross-analyze your findings with that of your research.

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