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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 believe about every individual who comes to earth as a human?
2. Where do Webber and the narrator go when they leave the bunker?
3. What does the narrator tell Webber?
4. What does the narrator say moved the human race forward to a closer union with the divine in the 1960's?
5. The narrator says the church suppressed the doctrine because of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is in the cave when Webber and the narrator arrive there and what does she/he say?
2. After Charlene and Maya escape from Feyman, what do Webber and the Narrator do?
3. What does the narrator suggest about the 1960's?
4. What types of human thoughts did he consider important to the World Vision that he saw in his vision?
5. What did the narrator see begin to emerge that changed the way humans interacted with the world?
6. How does the narrator describe hell in Chapter 7?
7. What do Wil and the narrator see when they experience Feyman's Life Review?
8. Who is one of the souls the narrator recognizes in hell?
9. In Chapter 8, what does the narrator hear as he returns to the physical plane and what does Webber tell him about the noise?
10. Describe what the four members of the Group first do when they meet at the waterfall and what they see.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Or is it archetypal? Might it not have more thematic weight and/or depth if the narrator had REALIZED it, rather than having it explained to him as he has had so many things, repetitively and almost tediously, explained to him/preached at him ... and therefore preached at the reader?
1. Is it stereotypical that insight into the human/animal relationship comes from a Native American character, who in many narratives is portrayed as having a "special" relationship with nature? Explain what you think this statements means with examples from this book and your own life and knowledge.
2. After researching the terms stereotype and archetype, argue for this area of the book to be one or the other. Use examples from the text to illustrate your points.
3. Explain why someone might learn something better and retain it longer if they had learned or researched it themselves rather than had someone tell them.
Essay Topic 2
The idea of Birth Vision, Wil explains, is an explanation of commonly reported near death experiences in which a dying individual reports that his/her life has "flashed before her eyes". In the same way, the concept of Soul Group is an explanation of a similarly reported near death experience in which dying individuals experience themselves as being welcomed by a group of unidentifiable but familiar and loving souls.
1. If one was to assume that there is indeed a Birth Vision, what do you think would be the purpose of forgetting it as soon as one is born? Does that seem inefficient as far as accomplishing a task on earth? Why or why not?
2. Explain, in the context of this entire book, and in the context of what you think is true, why a Birth Vision is called that in this book. Why might it not be called a Death Vision, given the circumstances under which one has it?
3. Taking the concept of Soul Group as being true and reincarnation as being true, what do you think would be a good reason to have a Soul Group, both on earth in physical incarnation and on the other plane as spiritual entities? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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