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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. Why should Dan meditate by the waterfall?
2. What does the world mirror?
3. For what is Mama Chia at high risk?
4. What is the shadow side of the second floor as fear is of the first?
5. To where does Dan go in his mind?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the path to the heart? Does this seem difficult?
2. How does Mama Chia answer Dan's question about having money and supporting his family?
3. What task does Mama Chia give Dan and how does he handle it?
4. What do you think Mama Chia means when she says one must clean the lower floors before ascending to higher floors?
5. What vision does Dan have as he meditates by the waterfall?
6. Why do you think Dan dreads what lies ahead?
7. What happens with Dan and the punks and do you think it will have significance later?
8. Explain Mama Chia's thoughts about who she, Dan and Socrates are.
9. Describe Dan's experience of "rebirth."
10. 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?"
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mama Chia leads Dan to a village of people suffering from leprosy. Discuss the following:
What is Dan's initial reaction to his "assignment" from Mama Chia? Why?
How and why does Dan's attitude eventually change? Does the change seem sincere?
What do you think is the purpose of this situation in which Mama Chia places Dan?
How do you think you would handle a similar situation?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Mama Chia tells a story about Sachi, who goes up to her baby brother and asks, "'Baby, tell me what God feels like. I'm starting to forget.'" Discuss the following:
What do you think this story means?
Do you think traditional religions would have an explanation for this story?
Do you think infants and young children are closer to God than older children and adults? Why or why not?
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