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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. Where does the narrator wash the next morning?
2. Who is the next dreaming soul?
3. With whom has the narrator been renewing his acquaintance since returning from Peru?
4. What happened to Wil the last time the narrator encountered him?
5. What is described in the Bible's Book of Revelation that, according to Joel, some people believe is happening?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Long Eagle tell the narrator about the valley?
2. 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?
3. What does Wil say might be the reason no one fully understands the Tenth Insight?
4. Wwho seems to lead the narrator into the valley, where does he go and what does he do?
5. What does the narrator do first upon waking the next morning, how does he feel and what does he think about his injury?
6. What kind of work does Webber do and what does he believe about that work?
7. What was the main event which brought the narrator to an Appalachian valley at the beginning of the book?
8. What does Wil say he sees in Maya's dream?
9. What does the narrator tell Maya about what he believes is her purpose and how does she react?
10. What does the narrator do that injures him and why did he do it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
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
What the author is researching and discovering are old truths recycled here as they have been throughout the centuries. It could be argued that this is part of his narrative and thematic point, that humanity has been aware of the truths being espoused but has been unwilling and/or unable to fully act on them (because, the narrator/author would probably say) of the Fear.
1. Why do you think the truths the author is espousing are old ones known and thought about throughout the ages? Use examples to support your opinion. Use research if necessary.
2. Do you think that that the author writing about old truths is part of his narrative and thematic point, that humanity has been aware of the truths being espoused but has been unwilling and/or unable to fully act on them? Why or why not? Use examples to support your opinion.
3. How do you think fear blocks people from becoming enlightened? How much do you think human reactions and behaviors are based on fear? Use examples to support your opinion.
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