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 rationalize about his ankle?

2. Why does Maya leave to go to town?

3. What does Webber say about multinational corporations?

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

5. Who does the narrator encounter where he goes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is in the cave when Webber and the narrator arrive there and what does she/he say?

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

3. What do Wil and the narrator do with Williams and what do they learn about him?

4. In Chapter 8, what does the narrator hear as he returns to the physical plane and what does Webber tell him about the noise?

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

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

7. What does Maya say they need to do about Feyman and his guards?

8. What does Wil say might be the reason no one fully understands the Tenth Insight?

9. What happens when the Group decide to try and end the Experiment by combining their energies?

10. What does a sudden connection with the narrator's Soul Group bring to his mind about a previous life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The idea of Birth Vision, Wil explains, is an explanation of commonly reported near death experiences in which a dying individual reports that his/her life has "flashed before her eyes". In the same way, the concept of Soul Group is an explanation of a similarly reported near death experience in which dying individuals experience themselves as being welcomed by a group of unidentifiable but familiar and loving souls.

1. If one was to assume that there is indeed a Birth Vision, what do you think would be the purpose of forgetting it as soon as one is born? Does that seem inefficient as far as accomplishing a task on earth? Why or why not?

2. Explain, in the context of this entire book, and in the context of what you think is true, why a Birth Vision is called that in this book. Why might it not be called a Death Vision, given the circumstances under which one has it?

3. Taking the concept of Soul Group as being true and reincarnation as being true, what do you think would be a good reason to have a Soul Group, both on earth in physical incarnation and on the other plane as spiritual entities? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The repeated coincidences the characters enact challenge credibility. All these points are ultimately moot when considered alongside the author's apparent intention - he is not, it seems, striving to create a logical narrative, but rather to lead the reader into a broader experience of spiritual possibility and understanding.

1. Explain, with examples, why the coincidences in the book are narrative contrivances.

2. If the whole basis of this book is to proselytize for a certain spiritual viewpoint, could one argue that the coincidences were the result of "divine" intervention? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the author could have achieved his purpose without so many coincidences? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

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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