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

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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 kind of work does Webber do?

2. What does the narrator suggest to Maya about who she is?

3. Why were the narrator and Webber able to escape an earthquake without injury?

4. Who is Joel Lipscomb?

5. What does the narrator rationalize about his ankle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the narrator as he is attempting to recall his dream vision and what does he learn about Maya?

2. What happens to Wil and the narrator when they move to another plane?

3. What do Wil and the narrator do with Williams and what do they learn about him?

4. What does Webber intuitively feel as he and the narrator talk and what happens right after that feeling?

5. What does Long Eagle tell the narrator about the valley?

6. What does Wil and the narrator become aware of in Maya's dream?

7. What is the narrator doing when he encounters Maya again and what does she tell him? What do they do?

8. What kind of sound does Lipcomb and the narrator hear, what do they see, what does the narrator suggest and what is Lipcomb's response?

9. What does Wil tell the narrator is the reason for him disappearing in Peru?

10. What does Williams see in his life review that also involves Long Eagle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator remembers a previous life. In this life, narration reveals, the narrator was a monk, initiated into an understanding of the Insights and determined to bring them into the wider experience of the Christian church. While being persecuted, he pretended to have an ankle injury to buy himself more time to write out and distribute copies of the first Nine Insights, but was eventually arrested, imprisoned and executed.

1. Given the interest the narrator has in spiritual principles in his present life, explain why his vision of a past life, e.g. being a monk, would be a logical type of past life the narrator might see.

2. With research, if needed, explain why any spiritual system such as the Insights would be contrary to and threatening to the Christian church. Use examples to support your answer.

3. If the Nine Insights have been known for as long as the author asserts, why do you think only a handful of people actually know about them? What might this say about spiritual paths in general? What might this say about the importance of spirituality to the majority of humans?

Essay Topic 2

In many ways, what's going on in Chapter 6, Part 2, is a form of myth making, of creating a spiritual, acceptable, and hopefully peace-achieving explanation of what, in most experiences of being human, is the physically oriented, confusing, and frustration-triggering question of why we're here.

1. Explain why this book could be called "myth making." Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think there is a spiritual, acceptable, and hopefully peace-achieving explanation of why humans exist? Why or why not. Use examples to support your opinion.

3. Do you think most humans wonder why they are here? Why or why not? Use examples to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

There is a development of what might be called a parallel narrative or subplot - the deepening of the mystery of what happened during that past encounter between Natives and Whites. This subplot functions as all subplots do - to illuminate and define events and/or circumstances in the main narrative, albeit perhaps with more thematic and/or spiritual relevance than most subplots.

1. Explain what you think the above statements mean. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think the subplot was essential to the book? Why or why not? What did the subplot add?

3. Explain, in depth, what you learned about the characters from the subplot.

4. Do you believe the author has suggested the characters' personalities and behaviors are essentially static from lifetime to lifetime? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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