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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. Why is Eva signing the papers instead of Don?
2. Why is Don taken from his room several times a week?
3. What does Don say angel wings sound like?
4. What does Don think about in relation to prayer?
5. What have the doctors told Eva about Don's chances with the pneumonia?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the first injuries Don has that they fix immediately at the hospital?
2. Why does Eva decide to limit the number of visitors Don sees a day?
3. What is the conference Don attended focused upon?
4. What does Dick do when he goes to Don's car?
5. Why is a justice of the peace called to the scene?
6. How does Don deal with telling his story now?
7. How do the people around Don appear?
8. Who was driving the vehicle that hit Don, what was it carrying and why was that driver driving the vehicle?
9. What is one thing that happens that gives Don hope?
10. In what other way besides accident victim does Don help people?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is not surprising that Don has difficulty telling others about his trip to heaven. Most people are skeptical of people claiming to have near death experiences. The connotation is that such stories are false and the people telling them are crazy.
1. Explain what you think about Don's experience. Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Do you think most people are skeptical about near death experiences? Why or why not?
3. Do you think any story about a near death experience is false? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
At the opening to the story, we are immediately introduced to the main character, Don, and later his wife Eva. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:
1. Thoroughly describe and analyze Don and his role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does he help drive the plot? Is he a likable character? Is there anything about him that is redeemable?
2. Thoroughly describe and analyze Eva and her role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does she help drive the plot? Is she a likable character? What about her is not so likable?
3. Analyze the interactions between Don and Eva. Would you consider their marriage to be a good marriage? Who seems to be the stronger character, Don or Eva? Why? Is Eva's life affected as much by the accident as Don's? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Although Don is surrounded by a large number of visitors, he is utterly alone. The cloud of depression that has settled over him will not dissipate and is made larger by his inability to share his feelings with anyone.
1. Why do you think Don feels so alone? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Don is depressed even though he has come back from the dead and is surrounded by people who love him. Why do you think Don is depressed? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
3. Explain why you think Don should or shouldn't share his feelings with others.
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