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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 does Don's story give the lady who was sobbing?
2. What most surprised Eva about Don right after the accident?
3. Who is Chad Vowell?
4. What does Don finally realize about his life before the accident?
5. How is Don taken care of at home with Eva gone to work?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where did Don go in Houston and what did he have to do to get a seat? Why?
2. What happened with a classmate of Nicole's at the university?
3. How did his accident affect his mother and how does she help out?
4. What does Don need when he returns home and how are those needs met?
5. What is one of the worst parts of Don's recovery and how do they handle it?
6. What surprised Eva most about Don in the months after the accident and what did she do about it? How does she view Don?
7. What two things does Don realize after sharing his story with others?
8. In what other way besides accident victim does Don help people?
9. Why does Don think he is able to help others in pain or recovery from injury?
10. What does David challenge Don to do and what happens?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Dick's wife, Anita, leans over to Don and whispers that Dick never held Don's hand. Don stares at her in disbelief as Anita explains how Dick had to squeeze through the trunk and was barely able to reach Don's shoulder. Don's hand was laying on the passenger side door and there was no possible way Dick could have reached it. Don realizes that the hand he felt holding him tightly was an angel's. Don realizes that even when he does not feel it, that hand is always there supporting Don as he moves through life.
1. Do you think Don was hallucinating someone holding his hand? Why or why not?
2. Do you think Dick's wife should have told Don the truth about where Dick was? Why or why not?
3. Do you think it was an angel holding Don's hand when he woke? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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