The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Redfield
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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

During a reconnection with his Soul Group, the narrator suddenly becomes aware that Charlene had been present during the Indian-White conflict. She had been "an Indian woman of great power, but often ignored by the envious male chiefs because of her gender."

1. Do you think it is possible the chiefs ignored Charlene because of her gender or because she was so powerful? Why or why not?

2. With research, explain how women have been ignored or relegated to secondary positions in most religions.

3. Given that women have been ignored or relegated to secondary positions in most religions as true, why do you think this has occurred?

Essay Topic 2

If a story can be likened to a jigsaw puzzle, the construction of a narrative telling that story can be likened to the careful placement of pieces of that puzzle in order to slowly, tantalizingly, and inevitably fill the reader with the desire to see the whole picture. In that sense, the telling of this particular story functions well, with details of meaning, incident, and relationship complimenting and illuminating each other with highly intriguing results.

1. What do you think the first sentence above means? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. In view of all the novels you have read or heard about or movies you have seen, explain why leaving readers with a "what happens next" question is universal. Use examples from this book and other books you have read to illustrate this principle and why it is used.

3. Do you believe the second sentence is true? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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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