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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 Tower represent?
2. Where does Dan awaken?
3. To where does Dan go in his mind?
4. Where is Dan at the opening to chapter 13?
5. As Mama Chia hurries among gravestones and speaks with new urgency, what does Dan feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. To whom does Mama Chia want Dan to be grateful and what does that mean?
2. What vision does Dan have as he meditates by the waterfall?
3. What does Mama Chia say about second-floor energies?
4. Why do you think Dan dreads what lies ahead?
5. What is the path to the heart? Does this seem difficult?
6. What do you think Mama Chia means when she says one must clean the lower floors before ascending to higher floors?
7. How does Mama Chia explain the Tower of Seven Floors?
8. Where does Mama Chia take Dan to stay for a few days and what is his initial response?
9. How does Mama Chia answer Dan's question about having money and supporting his family?
10. What happens with Dan and the punks and do you think it will have significance later?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dan writes that every day one must choose to master the energy of life or squander it. Discuss the following:
What do you think Dan means by the above statement? Give examples from the text and your own life if applicable.
Analyze and discuss several times in the text when you think Dan squanders the energy of life.
Analyze and discuss several times in the text when you think Dan masters the energy of life.
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
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?
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