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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 are an Indian leper, a French drunk, a suburban teen sniffing drugs, and a dying African baby?
2. What does Mama Chia say Dan has become?
3. When Dan awakes on the other side, what happens?
4. Out of what can one do for others on a level where altruism and love do not yet exist?
5. What does Dan resolve?
Short Essay Questions
1. Does Dan change his mind about the settlement? How?
2. How does the level at which Dan is in this section manifest in sexual energy?
3. What task does Mama Chia give Dan and how does he handle it?
4. Where does Mama Chia take Dan to stay for a few days and what is his initial response?
5. Why do you think Dan dreads what lies ahead?
6. What does the third level concern?
7. What is the path to the heart? Does this seem difficult?
8. How does Mama Chia answer Dan's question about having money and supporting his family?
9. What vision does Dan have as he meditates by the waterfall?
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
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 2
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?
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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