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 does the narrator figure the sketch is?

2. What past life experience does Williams experience?

3. Where is the mysterious sketch left?

4. What is Long Eagle's predominant emotion as he is speaking to the narrator?

5. Why does Lipscomb leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to the narrator as he is attempting to recall his dream vision and what does he learn about Maya?

5. What was the main event which brought the narrator to an Appalachian valley at the beginning of the book?

6. Wwho seems to lead the narrator into the valley, where does he go and what does he do?

7. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?

8. What is the narrator doing when he encounters Maya again and what does she tell him? What do they do?

9. What does Long Eagle tell the narrator about the valley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Or is it archetypal? Might it not have more thematic weight and/or depth if the narrator had REALIZED it, rather than having it explained to him as he has had so many things, repetitively and almost tediously, explained to him/preached at him ... and therefore preached at the reader?

1. Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Explain what you think this statements means with examples from this book and your own life and knowledge.

2. After researching the terms stereotype and archetype, argue for this area of the book to be one or the other. Use examples from the text to illustrate your points.

3. Explain why someone might learn something better and retain it longer if they had learned or researched it themselves rather than had someone tell them.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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