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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. Who is the next dreaming soul?
2. What does the narrator consider telling Maya?
3. What do Joel and the narrator hear as they see a pair of gray jeeps traveling through the valley?
4. What may keep some people from understanding the insight for which Wil and the narrator are searching?
5. Who do the narrator and Webber think might have helped him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Webber explain to the narrator about the Experiment and his involvement?
2. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?
3. What happens to the narrator as he is attempting to recall his dream vision and what does he learn about Maya?
4. What does the narrator discuss with Webber about his intentions and what kind of agreement was reached?
5. How did the narrator determine he needed to come to an Appalachian valley?
6. What does the narrator learn in his encounter with Joel Lipscomb?
7. What does Wil and the narrator become aware of in Maya's dream?
8. What does the narrator tell Maya about what he believes is her purpose and how does she react?
9. What does Wil say about what he is meant to learn?
10. What does Wil say he sees in Maya's dream?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
It's becoming clearer with each passing chapter that, without actually coming out and saying so, perspective is anchored in the concept of destiny - that each individual comes into this existence with a pre-ordained place, purpose and plan. It's also becoming clearer that while the narrative clearly makes the point that that plan doesn't always come to fruition, it also implies that such failure is the result of inability (for whatever reason) to make the choices for the plan to be accomplished ... in other words, because of free will.
1. What do you think the definition of destiny is and why do you think the author is supporting that concept in this book? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Assuming that destiny is true, and that having a vision of what one is to accomplish in life before being born is true but forgotten with birth, explain with examples, why often the purpose of an individual does not come to fruition.
3. Most religions espouse the idea of free will. Those who have no spiritual beliefs would probably agree. Explain the concept of free will, why it might be a law of life and how it seems to manifest in the real world. Use examples to support your answer.
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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