The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Redfield
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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 the nature of Joel's attitude towards spirituality?

2. What does the narrator consider telling Maya?

3. How can the narrator alter his experience of pain?

4. What does Maya do after the narrator tells her what he thinks about her?

5. Who is Joel Lipscomb?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the narrator determine he needed to come to an Appalachian valley?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Maya say about healing?

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

8. What does Wil say about what he is meant to learn?

9. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?

10. What does the narrator tell Maya about what he believes is her purpose and how does she react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a development of what might be called a parallel narrative or subplot - the deepening of the mystery of what happened during that past encounter between Natives and Whites. This subplot functions as all subplots do - to illuminate and define events and/or circumstances in the main narrative, albeit perhaps with more thematic and/or spiritual relevance than most subplots.

1. Explain what you think the above statements mean. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think the subplot was essential to the book? Why or why not? What did the subplot add?

3. Explain, in depth, what you learned about the characters from the subplot.

4. Do you believe the author has suggested the characters' personalities and behaviors are essentially static from lifetime to lifetime? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There is a juxtaposition of two highly contrasting characters - the harsh, cynical Joel and the nurturing, insightful Maya (interesting that the cynic is a male and the nurturer is a female). The clear intention here, as the narrator himself realizes, is to create a vivid, embodied sense of the tension between what the narrative indicates are the main sources of energy on this plane of existence - the Fear and the desire to evolve.

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Maya and Joel. How are they different? How are they similar? Are they as contrasting as they seem? Why or why not? Use examples to show the harsh aspects of Maya and any nurturing aspects of Joel you can see.

2. Throughout the history of humanity women have always been thought of as being nurturing, because they bear children, and men as less so. Give an explanation, with examples, of how this view of women has been used to keep them in a lower status in the world than men.

3. Explain what behaviors of Joel indicate he is Fear based in his perspective and what behaviors of Maya's that might indicate she has a desire to evolve and why those behaviors seem to illustrate those two principles.

Essay Topic 3

During a reconnection with his Soul Group, the narrator suddenly becomes aware that Charlene had been present during the Indian-White conflict. She had been "an Indian woman of great power, but often ignored by the envious male chiefs because of her gender."

1. Do you think it is possible the chiefs ignored Charlene because of her gender or because she was so powerful? Why or why not?

2. With research, explain how women have been ignored or relegated to secondary positions in most religions.

3. Given that women have been ignored or relegated to secondary positions in most religions as true, why do you think this has occurred?

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