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. Why does Maya leave to go to town?

2. What does Joel think abounds in the world?

3. What does Williams do in his last life?

4. What does the narrator rationalize about his ankle?

5. Why does Lipscomb leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What kind of sound does Lipcomb and the narrator hear, what do they see, what does the narrator suggest and what is Lipcomb's response?

5. What happens in the narrator's initial encounter with Maya?

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

7. What does Wil say might be the reason no one fully understands the Tenth Insight?

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

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

10. What does Maya say about healing?

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

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

The repeated coincidences the characters enact challenge credibility. All these points are ultimately moot when considered alongside the author's apparent intention - he 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.

1. Explain, with examples, why the coincidences in the book are narrative contrivances.

2. If the whole basis of this book is to proselytize for a certain spiritual viewpoint, could one argue that the coincidences were the result of "divine" intervention? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the author could have achieved his purpose without so many coincidences? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

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