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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where has Dan been?
2. What does Mama Chia have Dan dig?
3. To where does Dan go in his mind?
4. What childhood horror does Dan relive?
5. To whom does Mama Chia wish Dan to be grateful?
Essay Topic 1
Besides being a retired banker, Mama Chia is also a midwife, who is busy bringing a new life into the world while Dan is recuperating from exposure and dehydration. Discuss one of the following:
What are the parallels between Dan's surfboard experience and Mama Chia bringing a new baby into the world?
Discuss the seeming paradox that Mama Chia works for and retires from a bank and is also a shaman and midwife.
What do you think Dan needs to birth?
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
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?
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