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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 happened to Wil the last time the narrator encountered him?
2. What does Maya do after the narrator tells her what he thinks about her?
3. What pushes the narrator out of the other dimension?
4. What does Wil say are the images of the dreamer?
5. Who is Joel Lipscomb?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the narrator determine he needed to come to an Appalachian valley?
2. What does Webber intuitively feel as he and the narrator talk and what happens right after that feeling?
3. What kind of work does Webber do and what does he believe about that work?
4. What does Wil say about what he is meant to learn?
5. What does Wil say he sees in Maya's dream?
6. Wwho seems to lead the narrator into the valley, where does he go and what does he do?
7. What does Wil say might be the reason no one fully understands the Tenth Insight?
8. What does the narrator tell Maya about what he believes is her purpose and how does she react?
9. What does Williams see in his life review that also involves Long Eagle?
10. What does Wil tell the narrator about Soul Groups?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrative of The Tenth Insight takes both the narrator and the reader deeper into what is becoming a carefully entwined blend of story and theme. What happens, and how, blends with why to create a portrait of existence that might not be entirely new in its core principles but which, it could be argued, IS new in terms of its perspectives on those principles.
1. How do you think the story and the theme in this novel are blended? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. What do you think the second sentence above means? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. What do you see is the primary theme in this novel? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
What the author is researching and discovering are old truths recycled here as they have been throughout the centuries. It could be argued that this is part of his narrative and thematic point, that humanity has been aware of the truths being espoused but has been unwilling and/or unable to fully act on them (because, the narrator/author would probably say) of the Fear.
1. Why do you think the truths the author is espousing are old ones known and thought about throughout the ages? Use examples to support your opinion. Use research if necessary.
2. Do you think that that the author writing about old truths is part of his narrative and thematic point, that humanity has been aware of the truths being espoused but has been unwilling and/or unable to fully act on them? Why or why not? Use examples to support your opinion.
3. How do you think fear blocks people from becoming enlightened? How much do you think human reactions and behaviors are based on fear? Use examples to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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