Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer 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 does the narrator see when he is pulled into the answer in question #127?
3. What do the four allies do when they reunite after getting away from the bunker?
4. What does the narrator say is the reason people don't let go of their life on earth after they die?
5. What does the author see as originating in Ancient Greece?
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
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 3
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.
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