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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 did guards call for help after Don's accident?
2. What does Dick ask the EMT person?
3. How soon after the truck hit Don was he in heaven?
4. What does Don not experience in his near death episode that many people do?
5. What does Don remember about Joe Kulbeth when he sees him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Don thinking about a few days after the accident and the events surrounding it?
2. Who are Dick and Anita and what did they do as they were driving home?
3. What happened to the people in the other cars that were hit?
4. How is Don feeling in the hospital and who tries to help him?
5. Who was driving the vehicle that hit Don, what was it carrying and why was that driver driving the vehicle?
6. What does Jay Perkins tell Don about his independent attitude?
7. Who does Don meet in the hospital that helps him and how do they meet?
8. How does Don feel about being in heaven?
9. What does Don see when he first arrives in heaven?
10. What are the first injuries Don has that they fix immediately at the hospital?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Don still struggles with the question of why? He questions why he was in the accident, why he was allowed to glimpse heaven and why he had to come back; in short, he questions everything. Don has no answers to any of his questions. His lack of answers makes writing his story extremely difficult.
1. Why do you think Don still struggles with the why of his whole ordeal? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Why do you think Don might have been allowed to glimpse heaven and then come back? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Why do you think Don's lack of answers make writing his story difficult?
Essay Topic 3
The accident acts as a catalyst for the rest of the story.
1. What do you think the above statement means?
2. Discuss what you believe about whether one turn of events can change a person's life forever.
3. Do you think the paramedics were careless about declaring Don dead? Why or why not?
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