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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 Wil?
2. About what does Wil say he is meant to learn?
3. Why were the narrator and Webber able to escape an earthquake without injury?
4. What does Joel describe in great detail?
5. Where has the narrator seen Wil before?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Wil and the narrator realize about where they are and what do they see Joel experiencing?
2. What is the narrator doing when he encounters Maya again and what does she tell him? What do they do?
3. What does the narrator tell Maya about what he believes is her purpose and how does she react?
4. How did the narrator determine he needed to come to an Appalachian valley?
5. What do Wil and the narrator do with Williams and what do they learn about him?
6. What does Webber explain to the narrator about the Experiment and his involvement?
7. What does Wil say about what he is meant to learn?
8. What does Wil tell the narrator about Soul Groups?
9. What happens to the narrator as he is attempting to recall his dream vision and what does he learn about Maya?
10. What does Webber intuitively feel as he and the narrator talk and what happens right after that feeling?
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 are three clearly defined sections to Chapter 9. The first and third continue the process of entwining the novel's narrative and spiritual intent, moving the characters towards confrontations with their external and internal destinies. The author 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. The lengthy middle section of the book, while undeniably preachy, is a clear explanation of what the author sees that possibility and understanding bring into being.
1. Using examples explain how you perceive sections one and three of Chapter 9 move the characters towards confrontations with their external and internal destinies.
2. The author 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. Do you think this statement is true? Why or why not? When you read this book, was the narrative important to you or only the exploration of the spiritual understanding? Why or why not?
3. The lengthy middle section of the book, while undeniably preachy, is a clear explanation of what the author sees that possibility and understanding bring into being. Explain, with examples, whether you think that author has fulfilled this statement.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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