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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 kind of car was Don driving?
2. What does Don say angel wings sound like?
3. How does Dick get in the car to lay hands on Don?
4. What do the nurses tell him about the patients Don keeps hearing moan and scream?
5. How does Don feel about being dead?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who was driving the vehicle that hit Don, what was it carrying and why was that driver driving the vehicle?
2. Who does Don meet at the arena in Houston? What happens when he meets him?
3. What are some of the coincidences that occurred around Don's accident that help him survive?
4. What is Don thinking about a few days after the accident and the events surrounding it?
5. Where does Don go after he leaves the accident scene?
6. What does Don think about his children through his ordeal?
7. What two things does Don realize after sharing his story with others?
8. With whom does Don finally share his entire story and how did it go?
9. Who are some of the people Don sees in heaven?
10. What does Don tell about waking up and having someone holding his hand and what does he find out about that?
Essay Topic 1
Don has difficulty discussing his trip to heaven with anyone for several years after the accident. Don told Eva only a tiny portion of what had happened, and she never pesters him with questions, sensing he is not ready to talk. One day, David Gentiles visits Don at home and asks Don how he is feeling. As the conversation progresses, Don begins to share the entire story of his ninety minutes in heaven with David.
1. Why do you think Don was able to tell his story to David and not to Eva?
2. Do you think that Don and Eva must not have a good marriage if he tells someone his story before he tells her? Why or why not?
3. How would you feel if you were Eva? Discuss in detail what she might have been feeling and how you would react if you were her.
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
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?
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