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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. Who comes by to see Don about his emotional health?
2. What does Eva request of the nursing staff?
3. What is the weather like the day of Don's accident?
4. Who was one of the first people he saw who was not a relative?
5. How does Dick get in the car to lay hands on Don?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Don go after his first surgeries?
2. What does Don not experience and what does he experience when he dies?
3. Who are some of the people Don sees in heaven?
4. What does Jay Perkins tell Don about his independent attitude?
5. What happens to Don on a daily or basis that leaves him in pain and exhausted?
6. Who does Don meet in the hospital that helps him and how do they meet?
7. What happened to the people in the other cars that were hit?
8. What happens six days after Don's accident and what are Eva's and David Gentiles' response? What do the doctors discover?
9. Who are Dick and Anita and what did they do as they were driving home?
10. How is Don feeling in the hospital and who tries to help him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Now that Eva is the only breadwinner and decision maker, she gains a new confidence in herself. She also appreciates Don more for all the hard work he shoulders for the family.
1. What do you think this statement implies about Eva before the accident?
2. Do you think the above statement implies that Eva felt inferior to her husband? Why or why not?
3. Explain how you believe a woman who believes in total equality between the sexes would view the above statement.
Essay Topic 2
What God's purpose is for Don is difficult to discern as he lies in a depressive fog confined to a hospital bed. As much as Don wants to believe that God has brought him back to earth for a reason, he struggles to find understanding.
1. Do you think Don's reaction to the accident would be considered normal? Explain your reasoning.
2. After experiencing heaven, does it seem strange that Don would be depressed and wanting understanding? Why or why not?
3. Do you believe Don has been returned to life for a reason? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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