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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 year did Don have his accident?
2. How is Don feeling emotionally as he is in the hospital?
3. What idea had Don been considering that week?
4. What happened to Dick and Anita when they returned to driving?
5. What does Don not experience in his near death episode that many people do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Don tell about waking up and having someone holding his hand and what does he find out about that?
2. What do the EMTs do when they arrive at the accident site and then when they've seen all the victims?
3. What are some of the obstacles Don faces in daily living because of his physical problems?
4. What do a couple of the studies on near death experiences say and what is Don's answer to them?
5. What does Don see when he first arrives in heaven?
6. How does Don feel about being in heaven?
7. What happens to Don on a daily or basis that leaves him in pain and exhausted?
8. What is one of the major changes Eva faces during Don's recovery? How does Don react to that change?
9. What is one thing that happens that gives Don hope?
10. What do the paramedics do about Don when they first arrive at the scene of the accident?
Essay Topic 1
Don has lost all control over his life and must lie helplessly while others try to help him. Despair seems the only available emotion at this stage.
1. Do you think Don's loss of control and how he feels about it is unusual for people in his situation? Why or why not?
2. Explain how you think you would feel and react if you were in Don's situation.
3. Why do you think someone might despair after having come back from the dead? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
As Don struggles to process what has happened to him, various people point out that Don must open himself up if he is going to survive. Don must accept the help of others, learn to share his story and adjust to a new way of living his life.
1. Discuss why it might be necessary for Don to open himself up to survive. Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Do you think everyone needs to learn to accept help from others? Why or why not?
3. What are some of the ways you've seen in the book that Don is adjusting to a new way of life?
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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