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 is described in the Bible's Book of Revelation that, according to Joel, some people believe is happening?

2. Where does the narrator go?

3. What does the narrator say he and Webber are pursuing?

4. What does Webber say about multinational corporations?

5. What does Williams do in his last life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the narrator learn in his encounter with Joel Lipscomb?

5. What kind of work does Webber do and what does he believe about that work?

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

7. What does Wil and the narrator realize about where they are and what do they see Joel experiencing?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If a story can be likened to a jigsaw puzzle, the construction of a narrative telling that story can be likened to the careful placement of pieces of that puzzle in order to slowly, tantalizingly, and inevitably fill the reader with the desire to see the whole picture. In that sense, the telling of this particular story functions well, with details of meaning, incident, and relationship complimenting and illuminating each other with highly intriguing results.

1. What do you think the first sentence above means? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. In view of all the novels you have read or heard about or movies you have seen, explain why leaving readers with a "what happens next" question is universal. Use examples from this book and other books you have read to illustrate this principle and why it is used.

3. Do you believe the second sentence is true? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The appearances of Joel and Maya also function on the thematic/spiritual level of analysis, in that Joel (as an embodiment of the Fear) offers a stark view of the manifestations of the Fear's power on the physical plane, while Maya (as an embodiment of enlightenment) offers a clear portrayal of the power of more evolved energy.

1. Explain, with examples, why Joel's personality offers a stark view of the manifestations of the Fear's power on the physical plane.

2. Explain, with examples, why Maya's personality (as an embodiment of enlightenment) offers a clear portrayal of the power of more evolved energy.

3. Discuss the probability that good and evil in two different people is not so nearly clear cut in the real world.

Essay Topic 3

The main narrative thrust is coming from energy of exploration rather than confrontation - in other words, the narrator is discovering the nature of his story's central conflict rather than playing out that conflict itself. Yes, the surges of dissonance create a certain degree of conflict and tension, but the narrator in Chapter 7, as in previous chapters, is reacting to that conflict rather than engaging in it, going deeper into what is essentially research rather than taking steps to ensure change.

1. Explain, with examples, why you think the main narrative thrust is coming from energy of exploration rather than confrontation.

2. Why do the surges of dissonance create a certain degree of conflict and tension in the novel? Explain why you think they create enough conflict and tension or if the author should have had more conflict. Use examples to support your opinion.

3. Discuss why the author reacts to the conflict in the story rather than engaging in it. Use examples to support your opinion.

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