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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. Why does Dan enjoy spending time with Sachi?
2. What lesson from Socrates does the author have difficulty following in this early part of the book?
3. What is a fakir?
4. What fades in the author's memories as he leads a "normal" life?
5. What does Millman hope to find in the few days he decides to spend in Hawaii on his way home from India?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the college give Dan and where does he go?
2. Why do you think Sachi asks her little brother to tell her about God?
3. Describe Dan's experience in his dreamlike state in chapter 7 and his reaction to the dream.
4. How has Mama Chia been healing Dan and what do you think of her method?
5. For what is Dan searching in India and why does he choose India?
6. What is the irony of Dan's situation out on the vast Pacific Ocean?
7. Dan imagines all sorts of monsters floating beneath his surfboard; what might this metaphorically represent?
8. Did you think it is smart of Dan to just mount a surfboard and go out from shore having no experience with this kind of activity?
9. What does Mama Chia tell Dan after waking him from sleeping for 36 hours, and what do you think she means?
10. Dan remembers that Ruth wrote that the experience he is on is a question of "trust and faith." Do you believe this is true?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
While Millman is in India, he does many of the things Westerners seems to do when they are searching in the Near East for "enlightenment." Discuss the following:
What are some of the activities in which Dan participates in his travels in India?
Why do you think the things Dan does in India do not seem to bring him the results for which he is hoping?
Why do you think many Westerners see India/Nepal/Tibet as places where they can find a spiritual path/enlightenment?
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
Mama Chia leads Dan to a village of people suffering from leprosy. Discuss the following:
What is Dan's initial reaction to his "assignment" from Mama Chia? Why?
How and why does Dan's attitude eventually change? Does the change seem sincere?
What do you think is the purpose of this situation in which Mama Chia places Dan?
How do you think you would handle a similar situation?
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