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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 is one circumstance that brought the narrator to where he is standing at the opening of the book?
2. What does Joel describe in great detail?
3. Who do the narrator and Webber think might have helped him?
4. Why does the narrator stay behind?
5. What has happened to the man Wil and the narrator see who seems lost?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the narrator discuss with Wil concerning the Christian church?
2. How does the narrator connect Charlene with one of his previous lives?
3. What is the narrator doing when he encounters Maya again and what does she tell him? What do they do?
4. What do Wil and the narrator see when they experience Feyman's Life Review?
5. What happens in the narrator's initial encounter with Maya?
6. What happens when the Group decide to try and end the Experiment by combining their energies?
7. What does the narrator discuss with Webber about his intentions and what kind of agreement was reached?
8. How does the narrator describe hell in Chapter 7?
9. What do Wil and the narrator do with Williams and what do they learn about him?
10. What did the narrator see in his vision about the teachings of Christ?
Essay Topic 1
There is a juxtaposition of two highly contrasting characters - the harsh, cynical Joel and the nurturing, insightful Maya (interesting that the cynic is a male and the nurturer is a female). The clear intention here, as the narrator himself realizes, is to create a vivid, embodied sense of the tension between what the narrative indicates are the main sources of energy on this plane of existence - the Fear and the desire to evolve.
1. Compare and contrast the characters of Maya and Joel. How are they different? How are they similar? Are they as contrasting as they seem? Why or why not? Use examples to show the harsh aspects of Maya and any nurturing aspects of Joel you can see.
2. Throughout the history of humanity women have always been thought of as being nurturing, because they bear children, and men as less so. Give an explanation, with examples, of how this view of women has been used to keep them in a lower status in the world than men.
3. Explain what behaviors of Joel indicate he is Fear based in his perspective and what behaviors of Maya's that might indicate she has a desire to evolve and why those behaviors seem to illustrate those two principles.
Essay Topic 2
It could be argued that the point of the book is not to create a great work of literature, but to create a work of spiritual guidance, which would suggest that the actual writing contained between the book's covers needs to be serviceable, no more - to create the circumstances for the more important spiritual explanation. On that level, the writing and storytelling function adequately. In terms of that spiritual guidance, the main point to consider here and throughout the narrative is its essential nature, and the manifestations/explanations of that nature.
1. Do you think that a work of spiritual guidance can be both well written and enlightening? Explain your reasoning.
2. Argue for or against the idea that the writing in this book is mediocre. Use examples from the text to support your position.
3. Explain in detail, with examples, how the author might have been able to write a better story and still convey his ideas.
Essay Topic 3
The repeated coincidences the characters enact challenge credibility. All these points are ultimately moot when considered alongside the author's apparent intention - he is not, it seems, striving to create a logical narrative, but rather to lead the reader into a broader experience of spiritual possibility and understanding.
1. Explain, with examples, why the coincidences in the book are narrative contrivances.
2. If the whole basis of this book is to proselytize for a certain spiritual viewpoint, could one argue that the coincidences were the result of "divine" intervention? Why or why not?
3. Do you think the author could have achieved his purpose without so many coincidences? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.
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