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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 Chris say he first thought about his father's injuries?
2. What is one of Don's main questions of the medical staff?
3. How does Don feel about his life now?
4. What does Chris do every day when he comes home from school?
5. What did Charlie say he would do if he was ever diagnosed with cancer?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who sees Don off when he leaves the hospital and what do they expect?
2. What does Don ask of his three children and how do they respond?
3. What does Don think about his children through his ordeal?
4. Why does Don think he is able to help others in pain or recovery from injury?
5. What happened with a classmate of Nicole's at the university?
6. What do a couple of the studies on near death experiences say and what is Don's answer to them?
7. In what other way besides accident victim does Don help people?
8. What kind of award does Nicole receive and how did she qualify for it?
9. With whom does Don finally share his entire story and how did it go?
10. What is one of the worst parts of Don's recovery and how do they handle it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As Don describes heaven, the reader relaxes and time comes to a standstill. The reader begins to wonder about who will comprise his own heavenly welcoming committee.
1. Explain why you agree or disagree with the above statement.
2. Many people have claimed to have died and report many different scenarios. Why do you think this might be?
3. Describe what you would like to see and who you would like to see if you had been in Don's place.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
All the odds seem to be against Don. The positive aspect of Don's return to life is almost overshadowed by a series of negative events.
1. Would you agree that the odds seemed to be against Don? Why or why not?
2. If a man was dead and came back to life, would you consider that a negative event? Why or why not?
3. Discuss the positive and negative events that occurred in Don's life the day of the accident.
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