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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 does the narrator rationalize about his ankle?
3. Where does the narrator go?
4. Who is Feyman?
5. How does the narrator's ankle feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Joel say to the narrator about his beliefs?
2. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?
3. What is the narrator doing when he encounters Maya again and what does she tell him? What do they do?
4. How did the narrator determine he needed to come to an Appalachian valley?
5. What does the narrator discuss with Webber about his intentions and what kind of agreement was reached?
6. What does Webber explain to the narrator about the Experiment and his involvement?
7. What does Long Eagle tell the narrator about the valley?
8. What happens in the narrator's initial encounter with Maya?
9. Wwho seems to lead the narrator into the valley, where does he go and what does he do?
10. What does Williams see in his life review that also involves Long Eagle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Some of the theories expounded in this section are certainly interesting - the idea, for example, that past unresolved conflicts are the source for present tension, and the idea that Soul Groups are unified by what might be described (but which actually aren't) as a talent.
1. Discuss what the ramifications would be for individuals if much of their behavior and personality were a result of previous lives.
2. If Soul Groups were indeed true, discuss in detail why it would be logical for them to be grouped as like talents.
3. For the sake of argument, assume reincarnation is true and argue for or against the idea that animals also experience reincarnation.
Essay Topic 2
On the second (spiritual) level of analysis, Chapter 2 introduces the key concepts of the Group of Seven and the Fear, both of which define and motivate the action to follow. Of the two, the Fear is perhaps the more significant, in that as a concept, its influence (according to the book's spiritual perspective) reaches beyond the boundaries of the narrative and into the way the world functions. It is in many ways a spiritual antagonist, if not THE spiritual antagonist, to the enlightenment sought by the characters.
1. Why do you think the Fear could be called the spiritual antagonist to the enlightenment sought by the characters. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Many religions and philosophies state emphatically that love is the key to the evolution, spiritual advancement or solution to the problems of humanity. There are also those who say fear is the opposite of love. In this context, explain the ways in which the Fear has impeded human evolution. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. Explain the key concepts of the Group of Seven and how you think these concepts would be able to overcome the Fear as it is defined by this book.
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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