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 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
In Chapter 6, and indeed throughout the novel, storytelling can clearly be seen as a function of thematic agenda - what happens happens because the author wants to make his philosophical point. This manifests here perhaps more blatantly and directly from other novels without such overt agendas, but at its core the purpose of storytelling remains the same no matter what story is being told - to awaken some sort of reaction and/or increased insight in the reader.
1. Explain, with examples why the first sentence above is true.
2. Why do you think a novel that overtly has an agenda would use most of the actions of the characters, the subplots, the behaviors and situations to advance that agenda more so than a typical novel.
3. Do you think the purpose of storytelling is the same no matter what story is being told - to awaken some sort of reaction and/or increased insight in the reader? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
On the second (spiritual) level of analysis, Chapter 2 introduces the key concepts of the Group of Seven and the Fear, both of which define and motivate the action to follow. Of the two, the Fear is perhaps the more significant, in that as a concept, its influence (according to the book's spiritual perspective) reaches beyond the boundaries of the narrative and into the way the world functions. It is in many ways a spiritual antagonist, if not THE spiritual antagonist, to the enlightenment sought by the characters.
1. Why do you think the Fear could be called the spiritual antagonist to the enlightenment sought by the characters. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Many religions and philosophies state emphatically that love is the key to the evolution, spiritual advancement or solution to the problems of humanity. There are also those who say fear is the opposite of love. In this context, explain the ways in which the Fear has impeded human evolution. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. Explain the key concepts of the Group of Seven and how you think these concepts would be able to overcome the Fear as it is defined by this book.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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