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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 the narrator realize about the way he has lived his life?
2. What do Webber and the narrator do when they go back to the cave?
3. What does Wil think intuition is?
4. As Webber and Maya are dealing with each other what do the three of them see?
5. What type of thought does the narrator attribute to the Far East?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did the narrator see begin to emerge that changed the way humans interacted with the world?
2. What did the narrator see in his vision about the teachings of Christ?
3. What does the group do after Charlene explains why she is in the valley?
4. What does a sudden connection with the narrator's Soul Group bring to his mind about a previous life?
5. Describe the vision the narrator had at the beginning of Chapter 6, Part 2.
6. What happens to the group from the cave in Chapter 8 as they go towards the building with the Experiment?
7. What happens when the Group decide to try and end the Experiment by combining their energies?
8. What does the narrator urge Wil to do?
9. What does the narrator realize about all his previous lives and what he thinks is needed to change the trend?
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
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
There are three clearly defined sections to Chapter 9. The first and third continue the process of entwining the novel's narrative and spiritual intent, moving the characters towards confrontations with their external and internal destinies. The author 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. The lengthy middle section of the book, while undeniably preachy, is a clear explanation of what the author sees that possibility and understanding bring into being.
1. Using examples explain how you perceive sections one and three of Chapter 9 move the characters towards confrontations with their external and internal destinies.
2. The author 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. Do you think this statement is true? Why or why not? When you read this book, was the narrative important to you or only the exploration of the spiritual understanding? Why or why not?
3. The lengthy middle section of the book, while undeniably preachy, is a clear explanation of what the author sees that possibility and understanding bring into being. Explain, with examples, whether you think that author has fulfilled this statement.
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