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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did the narrator pretend in order to finish his work in a previous life?
2. In the beginning of Chapter 8, what does Webber tell the narrator to do?
3. Who intervened with Feyman to prevent him becoming trapped in a hell?
4. Wil says people who are unable to let go of their life on earth live where?
5. What does the narrator tell Webber?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
It's becoming clearer with each passing chapter that, without actually coming out and saying so, perspective is anchored in the concept of destiny - that each individual comes into this existence with a pre-ordained place, purpose and plan. It's also becoming clearer that while the narrative clearly makes the point that that plan doesn't always come to fruition, it also implies that such failure is the result of inability (for whatever reason) to make the choices for the plan to be accomplished ... in other words, because of free will.
1. What do you think the definition of destiny is and why do you think the author is supporting that concept in this book? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Assuming that destiny is true, and that having a vision of what one is to accomplish in life before being born is true but forgotten with birth, explain with examples, why often the purpose of an individual does not come to fruition.
3. Most religions espouse the idea of free will. Those who have no spiritual beliefs would probably agree. Explain the concept of free will, why it might be a law of life and how it seems to manifest in the real world. Use examples to support your answer.
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