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. Who is the next dreaming soul?

2. Why does Williams deliberately ignore the pleas of a white woman and large white man to negotiate for peace in a past life?

3. What does the narrator tell the person he encounters?

4. Where is the narrator standing?

5. What does Wil say are the images of the dreamer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens in the narrator's initial encounter with Maya?

3. What does Joel say to the narrator about his beliefs?

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

5. What kind of work does Webber do and what does he believe about that work?

6. What does Webber explain to the narrator about the Experiment and his involvement?

7. What was the main event which brought the narrator to an Appalachian valley at the beginning of the book?

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

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

10. What does Long Eagle say about the valley in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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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