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. Why do Maya and the narrator hide?

2. What surrounds the dreaming person?

3. What does the narrator do the next morning?

4. What has happened to the man Wil and the narrator see who seems lost?

5. Who is the next dreaming soul?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Maya say about healing?

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

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

6. What happens to Wil and the narrator when they move to another plane?

7. What does Wil tell the narrator is the reason for him disappearing in Peru?

8. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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