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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 Wil say is needed to complete the narrator's task?
2. What type of job did the narrator have the first time he met Maya and Webber?
3. What dimension holds the souls who have been present along the road of human evolution?
4. What does the narrator say the Gnostic Gospels were?
5. For what does the narrator say science was responsible?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does a sudden connection with the narrator's Soul Group bring to his mind about a previous life?
2. How does the narrator describe hell in Chapter 7?
3. Who is in the cave when Webber and the narrator arrive there and what does she/he say?
4. What does the group do after Charlene explains why she is in the valley?
5. What does the narrator urge Wil to do?
6. What does the narrator realize about all his previous lives and what he thinks is needed to change the trend?
7. Who is one of the souls the narrator recognizes in hell?
8. What do Wil and the narrator see when they experience Feyman's Life Review?
9. What does the narrator say he realized about humans born into the world?
10. What does Wil say is their task concerning the Group of Seven?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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.
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