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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 Mama Chia say Dan has become?
2. Who has guarded Molokai for four centuries?
3. For what is Mama Chia at high risk?
4. Why is Dan afraid?
5. How does Dan embrace life after facing death?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the incident with the starfish and the possible meaning of it.
2. Does Dan change his mind about the settlement? How?
3. From whom does Dan ask permission to be there and what do you think this is symbolic of?
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. Who does Dan meet and what does he advice Dan to do about the bullies?
7. What does the third level concern?
8. Why do you think Dan dreads what lies ahead?
9. What does Mama Chia say about second-floor energies?
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 tells about her friend, Fuji, whose love is photography, who after 30 years loses everything in a fire, but having learned to see life as beauty and harmony, gets over the loss. Discuss the following:
What losses has Dan suffered that would be difficult to let go of?
Often when there is a loss, a gain fills the void. What does Dan gain that fills any loss he suffers?
Have you had a time when you suffered what seems to be an unbearable loss and gained something precious in its place. Explain.
How have you dealt with one significant loss in your life?
Essay Topic 2
Once Dan has found Ruth Johnson, she gives him a note with some instructions. Discuss the following:
Do you think Dan is wise to blindly follow the note which has him do something that is quite foolhardy?
Given that Dan later learns that he lost part of the note and he was supposed to take food, water and sunscreen, do you think if he had had the complete set of instructions from the beginning he would have been justified in following the path he chooses?
There is a aphorism, "no pain, no gain." Does this saying apply in Dan's experience with the surfboard?
Essay Topic 3
While Millman is in India, he does many of the things Westerners seems to do when they are searching in the Near East for "enlightenment." Discuss the following:
What are some of the activities in which Dan participates in his travels in India?
Why do you think the things Dan does in India do not seem to bring him the results for which he is hoping?
Why do you think many Westerners see India/Nepal/Tibet as places where they can find a spiritual path/enlightenment?
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