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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 had Williams intended to meet in his most recent life?
2. Who is Wil?
3. What does Joel describe in great detail?
4. What can the narrator not understand?
5. What does John Donald Williams experience?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the narrator discuss with Webber about his intentions and what kind of agreement was reached?
2. What was the main event which brought the narrator to an Appalachian valley at the beginning of the book?
3. What does Webber intuitively feel as he and the narrator talk and what happens right after that feeling?
4. What does the narrator do that injures him and why did he do it?
5. 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?
6. What does Long Eagle tell the narrator about the valley?
7. What does Webber explain to the narrator about the Experiment and his involvement?
8. What does Wil tell the narrator about Soul Groups?
9. What does Wil and the narrator realize about where they are and what do they see Joel experiencing?
10. What does Long Eagle say about Charlene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator remembers a previous life. In this life, narration reveals, the narrator was a monk, initiated into an understanding of the Insights and determined to bring them into the wider experience of the Christian church. While being persecuted, he pretended to have an ankle injury to buy himself more time to write out and distribute copies of the first Nine Insights, but was eventually arrested, imprisoned and executed.
1. Given the interest the narrator has in spiritual principles in his present life, explain why his vision of a past life, e.g. being a monk, would be a logical type of past life the narrator might see.
2. With research, if needed, explain why any spiritual system such as the Insights would be contrary to and threatening to the Christian church. Use examples to support your answer.
3. If the Nine Insights have been known for as long as the author asserts, why do you think only a handful of people actually know about them? What might this say about spiritual paths in general? What might this say about the importance of spirituality to the majority of humans?
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
The narration creates a sense of mystery, engaging the reader in the narrator's quest for truth. In this case, there are two different truths - what happened to Charlene, and what is the nature of the Tenth Insight.
1. Explain what you think the above statements mean. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Using just the text from the first chapter, argue whether the search for Charlene is the most important aspect of the story or the nature of the Tenth Insight.
3. Explain what about the sense of mystery in the first chapter goaded you to continue reading the book. Use examples from the text to support your answer.
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