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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. Where do Webber and the narrator go when they leave the bunker?
2. What does Maya tell Webber and the narrator?
3. What does the author say the full connection between the human and the divine is?
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 narrator say about the tension between Webber and Maya?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does a sudden connection with the narrator's Soul Group bring to his mind about a previous life?
2. What does the narrator suggest about the 1960's?
3. Who is one of the souls the narrator recognizes in hell?
4. How does the narrator describe hell in Chapter 7?
5. In Chapter 8, what does the narrator hear as he returns to the physical plane and what does Webber tell him about the noise?
6. Who is in the cave when Webber and the narrator arrive there and what does she/he say?
7. What does the narrator tell about a previous life of his as a monk?
8. What does the group do after Charlene explains why she is in the valley?
9. Describe the vision the narrator had at the beginning of Chapter 6, Part 2.
10. What does Webber tell the narrator about Charlene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
There is a juxtaposition of two highly contrasting characters - the harsh, cynical Joel and the nurturing, insightful Maya (interesting that the cynic is a male and the nurturer is a female). The clear intention here, as the narrator himself realizes, is to create a vivid, embodied sense of the tension between what the narrative indicates are the main sources of energy on this plane of existence - the Fear and the desire to evolve.
1. Compare and contrast the characters of Maya and Joel. How are they different? How are they similar? Are they as contrasting as they seem? Why or why not? Use examples to show the harsh aspects of Maya and any nurturing aspects of Joel you can see.
2. Throughout the history of humanity women have always been thought of as being nurturing, because they bear children, and men as less so. Give an explanation, with examples, of how this view of women has been used to keep them in a lower status in the world than men.
3. Explain what behaviors of Joel indicate he is Fear based in his perspective and what behaviors of Maya's that might indicate she has a desire to evolve and why those behaviors seem to illustrate those two principles.
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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