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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. At some point, what would Dan have traded for some water?
2. What is the feeling of stagnation?
3. What is the best definition for the Hawaiian word "kahuna?"
4. Who is having a baby in chapter 5?
5. What happens to a student at Oberlin despite prayers?
Short Essay Questions
1. Dan says he would trade enlightenment for one glass of "pure, cool, quenching water." What do you think this says about the human condition?
2. What does the third level concern?
3. Why does Dan decide to stop over in Hawaii and what do you think is the reason for his layover?
4. What does Dan realize he must do at this time in his life?
5. Why do you think Mama Chia is rehearsing her death?
6. What does Mama Chia tell Dan after waking him from sleeping for 36 hours, and what do you think she means?
7. What do you think about what Mama Chia says about suffering?
8. How does Mama Chia interpret Dan's bad dream?
9. What task does Mama Chia give Dan and how does he handle it?
10. What does Dan think about Kimo after getting to know him a little better and what can a reader learn from that story?
Essay Topic 1
Dan says that Mama Chia mentions an Arab aphorism, "Trust God but tie the camel." Discuss the following:
Research and discuss the origins of this saying and to what it originally applied.
How does Mama Chia use it in the context of this book? Does it seem appropriate?
How does Dan respond to her statement? Does he "tie his camel"? Discuss fully.
Essay Topic 2
While Dan is meditating, he realizes he must accept what is rather than cling to illusions. Discuss the following:
To what sort of illusions do you think Dan is clinging?
Can being in denial (or clinging to illusions) sometimes be a good thing?
If Dan (or anyone) accepts what is, then how are they motivated to change for the better?
Essay Topic 3
When Dan admits to Mama Chia that he is drained and depressed, she says that he is on the right track. Discuss one of the following:
How do you think something like depression or fatigue can mean one is on the right track in a search for spiritual enlightenment? Discuss fully with examples from the text and personal experience.
If Dan is on the right track as he is feeling drained and depressed, what do you think Mama Chia's response would be at this point in the book if Dan said he is elated and optimistic? Explain fully.
What can states of being such as depression teach someone? Elaborate fully.
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