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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 is the major difference between the author and his wife, Linda?
2. What happened that made Dan go out so foolishly unprepared?
3. What does she do after drawing the figure?
4. What does Ruth tell Dan to do in her note?
5. What is it that Ruth suggest Dan needs in this situation?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dan say about death and how do you think he will overcome his feelings about it?
2. Chapter four opens with what quote and what do you think it means?
3. What does Dan realize he must do at this time in his life?
4. What is Dan's ultimate conclusion about his time in India?
5. For what is Dan searching in India and why does he choose India?
6. How does Ruth respond to Dan's appearance at the party and what do you think this foreshadows?
7. What is the island of Molokai and why is it appropriate that Dan wash up on its shore?
8. What is the irony of Dan's situation out on the vast Pacific Ocean?
9. Why does Dan decide to stop over in Hawaii and what do you think is the reason for his layover?
10. What does Dan do while in India?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dan encounters "Beer Belly" (Kimo) and they become friends. Discuss the following:
What are the ways Dan makes it possible for the encounter with Kimo to turn out in a positive way?
What might Dan have done that could have made the encounter conclude with a less-than-desirable end?
What do you think Dan learns from Kimo?
What do you think Kimo learns from Dan?
Essay Topic 2
After a few days, Dan is washed up on the island of Molokai. Discuss the following:
What is a brief history of the island of Molokai?
What are possible symbolic interpretations of the fact that Dan lands on Molokai instead of any other of the Hawaiian Islands?
When Molokai first becomes established as a leper colony in the 1800's, there is no cure for leprosy, though there is today. What is Dan's "illness?" Do you think, based on the first few chapters, Dan will find a cure for his "illness" on Molokai?
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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