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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 has the justice of peace been called?
2. Why does Don exhaust himself with his visitors?
3. What happened to the driver of the vehicle that hit Don's car?
4. What does Eva see about the visitors?
5. What do the EMTs find when they return to Don's car with Dick?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Eva decide to limit the number of visitors Don sees a day?
2. What does Don hear as he draws closer to the gate?
3. What does one of the EMTs tell Dick and what does he do?
4. What do the paramedics do about Don when they first arrive at the scene of the accident?
5. What does Don see when he first arrives in heaven?
6. Who are some of the people Don sees in heaven?
7. What happened to the people in the other cars that were hit?
8. What is one thing that happens that gives Don hope?
9. What is the Iliazrov Frame and how is it used?
10. Where does Don go after he leaves the accident scene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Despite the large number of visitors who come to see Don in the hospital, he refuses to let anyone do anything for him. One day, Jay Perkins stops by to visit Don. Jay is a retired minister filling in for Don. Jay notices that Don never asks for help and challenges him to open up to the people who care about him. Jay tells Don that people are trying to love him in the only way they know how, but Don will not let them.
1. How would the above statement relate to the cliche, "No man is an island?"
2. Why do you think Don is refusing help from anyone? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. People in general seem to believe that doing something for someone they love is showing their love. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Most people would have prayed for Don's soul to find a happy home in heaven, not that a dead man would have no internal injuries. In the face of such insurmountable odds, Dick's prayers seem futile and ridiculous.
1. What kind of person do you think Dick is given his actions at the accident site?
2. Do you think if you were in Dick's position you would have done what he did? Why or why not?
3. Do you agree with the last sentence above? 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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