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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 type of job did the narrator have the first time he met Maya and Webber?
2. What does Wil tell the narrator their task is to be?
3. In the beginning of Chapter 8, what does Webber tell the narrator to do?
4. What does the narrator say is the reason people don't let go of their life on earth after they die?
5. What did the victory for the military in the white/Indian confrontation do to Feyman?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the group do after Charlene explains why she is in the valley?
2. What happens when the Group decide to try and end the Experiment by combining their energies?
3. What does the narrator realize about all his previous lives and what he thinks is needed to change the trend?
4. Describe the vision the narrator had at the beginning of Chapter 6, Part 2.
5. After Charlene and Maya escape from Feyman, what do Webber and the Narrator do?
6. Into what is the narrator drawn in hell and what does he see?
7. What does Wil say is their task concerning the Group of Seven?
8. Who is in the cave when Webber and the narrator arrive there and what does she/he say?
9. What does a sudden connection with the narrator's Soul Group bring to his mind about a previous life?
10. What does the narrator discuss with Wil concerning the Christian church?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It could be argued that the point of the book is not to create a great work of literature, but to create a work of spiritual guidance, which would suggest that the actual writing contained between the book's covers needs to be serviceable, no more - to create the circumstances for the more important spiritual explanation. On that level, the writing and storytelling function adequately. In terms of that spiritual guidance, the main point to consider here and throughout the narrative is its essential nature, and the manifestations/explanations of that nature.
1. Do you think that a work of spiritual guidance can be both well written and enlightening? Explain your reasoning.
2. Argue for or against the idea that the writing in this book is mediocre. Use examples from the text to support your position.
3. Explain in detail, with examples, how the author might have been able to write a better story and still convey his ideas.
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 6, and indeed throughout the novel, storytelling can clearly be seen as a function of thematic agenda - what happens happens because the author wants to make his philosophical point. This manifests here perhaps more blatantly and directly from other novels without such overt agendas, but at its core the purpose of storytelling remains the same no matter what story is being told - to awaken some sort of reaction and/or increased insight in the reader.
1. Explain, with examples why the first sentence above is true.
2. Why do you think a novel that overtly has an agenda would use most of the actions of the characters, the subplots, the behaviors and situations to advance that agenda more so than a typical novel.
3. Do you think the purpose of storytelling is the same no matter what story is being told - to awaken some sort of reaction and/or increased insight in the reader? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The narrative of The Tenth Insight takes both the narrator and the reader deeper into what is becoming a carefully entwined blend of story and theme. What happens, and how, blends with why to create a portrait of existence that might not be entirely new in its core principles but which, it could be argued, IS new in terms of its perspectives on those principles.
1. How do you think the story and the theme in this novel are blended? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. What do you think the second sentence above means? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
3. What do you see is the primary theme in this novel? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
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