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 does the narrator consider telling Maya?

2. What pushes the narrator out of the other dimension?

3. What is a corporation attempting to do?

4. What is the dream about?

5. What is one circumstance that brought the narrator to where he is standing at the opening of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator describe hell in Chapter 7?

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

4. Describe what the four members of the Group first do when they meet at the waterfall and what they see.

5. What does the narrator do that injures him and why did he do it?

6. How does the narrator connect Charlene with one of his previous lives?

7. What does the narrator realize about all his previous lives and what he thinks is needed to change the trend?

8. What does the narrator discuss with Webber about his intentions and what kind of agreement was reached?

9. What does Maya say about healing?

10. What does Wil say he sees in Maya's dream?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The main narrative thrust is coming from energy of exploration rather than confrontation - in other words, the narrator is discovering the nature of his story's central conflict rather than playing out that conflict itself. Yes, the surges of dissonance create a certain degree of conflict and tension, but the narrator in Chapter 7, as in previous chapters, is reacting to that conflict rather than engaging in it, going deeper into what is essentially research rather than taking steps to ensure change.

1. Explain, with examples, why you think the main narrative thrust is coming from energy of exploration rather than confrontation.

2. Why do the surges of dissonance create a certain degree of conflict and tension in the novel? Explain why you think they create enough conflict and tension or if the author should have had more conflict. Use examples to support your opinion.

3. Discuss why the author reacts to the conflict in the story rather than engaging in it. Use examples to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Or is it archetypal? Might it not have more thematic weight and/or depth if the narrator had REALIZED it, rather than having it explained to him as he has had so many things, repetitively and almost tediously, explained to him/preached at him ... and therefore preached at the reader?

1. Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Explain what you think this statements means with examples from this book and your own life and knowledge.

2. After researching the terms stereotype and archetype, argue for this area of the book to be one or the other. Use examples from the text to illustrate your points.

3. Explain why someone might learn something better and retain it longer if they had learned or researched it themselves rather than had someone tell them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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