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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 tiger do?
2. Who has guarded Molokai for four centuries?
3. What does the second window show?
4. Who does Mama Chia invoke?
5. When Dan stops being an observer to become part of the community, what happens?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Dan meet and what does he advice Dan to do about the bullies?
2. What does Dan say about himself at the beginning of chapter 13, and what do you think he means?
3. What does the third level concern?
4. How does Mama Chia answer Dan's question about having money and supporting his family?
5. Why do you think Dan dreads what lies ahead?
6. What vision does Dan have as he meditates by the waterfall?
7. What do you think Mama Chia means when she says that "The Great Leap" is frightful, but above the heart, it becomes "an elevator ride?"
8. How does Mama Chia say shape shifting works and explain what you think she means.
9. Explain the incident with the starfish and the possible meaning of it.
10. Where does Mama Chia take Dan to stay for a few days and what is his initial response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As Mama Chia and Dan are hiking, Mama Chia declares that Dan is strong enough to carry her backpack and sets off. Dan laments, knowing that he is supposed to do something but does nothing. Discuss one of the following:
Analyze what you think Dan is supposed to do and why he seems paralyzed in inaction.
How does Dan finally overcome his inability to do what he is supposed to do?
Do you feel there is something important in your life that you are to do? Discuss your approach to fulfilling that sense of purpose.
Essay Topic 2
Dan talks about death, which has bothered him since the surfboard incident. He recalls an Oberlin student dying despite prayers. Mama Chia says that God always answers prayers but sometimes says no, as do loving parents. Discuss the following:
What is prayer?
Why do you think many people pray?
Do you think most people truly believe their prayers will be answered?
Why does it seem many people are surprised when it appears that their prayer(s) have been answered?
Essay Topic 3
When Dan has a stopover in Hawaii, he decides to search for a woman about whom Socrates told him. Discuss the following:
How likely is it that Dan will find the woman for whom he is searching in a city of several hundred thousand (at that time)people? Do you think the fact that he finds her is miraculous or coincidental?
Dan might say his finding Ruth Johnson is not coincidental but rather serendipitous or perhaps meant to be. Discuss this idea.
What does it say about Dan or Dan's situation that he even attempts such a daunting task as finding a woman whose name, age, place of work or home is unknown in a city the size of Honolulu?
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