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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. Where has Dan been?
2. Why is Dan afraid?
3. Out of what can one do for others on a level where altruism and love do not yet exist?
4. What do four Hawaiian punks do?
5. What does Mama Chia say one reason is for her relationship with Dan?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dan say about himself at the beginning of chapter 13, and what do you think he means?
2. Describe Dan's experience of "rebirth."
3. What happens with Dan and the punks and do you think it will have significance later?
4. What does Dan realize he has to do and what do you think that means?
5. Does Dan change his mind about the settlement? How?
6. What task does Mama Chia give Dan and how does he handle it?
7. What is the path to the heart? Does this seem difficult?
8. To whom does Mama Chia want Dan to be grateful and what does that mean?
9. Who does Dan meet and what does he advice Dan to do about the bullies?
10. What is foreshadowed in this section?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Dan says that Mama Chia mentions an Arab aphorism, "Trust God but tie the camel." Discuss the following:
Research and discuss the origins of this saying and to what it originally applied.
How does Mama Chia use it in the context of this book? Does it seem appropriate?
How does Dan respond to her statement? Does he "tie his camel"? Discuss fully.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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