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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 one study claim is the reason for near death experiences?
2. What amazes Don most about being on the television show?
3. What does the first friend he shares the story with believe?
4. What does Don decide he can do a week after being home?
5. What is one of Don's main questions of the medical staff?
Short Essay Questions
1. With whom does Don finally share his entire story and how did it go?
2. What does a woman who called in at a radio station tell Don and what does Don do about it?
3. In what other way besides accident victim does Don help people?
4. How is Don's emotional health by Chapter Ten?
5. What is one of the worst parts of Don's recovery and how do they handle it?
6. Why does Don think he is able to help others in pain or recovery from injury?
7. What does David challenge Don to do and what happens?
8. Why has Don agreed to see a local police officer?
9. What kind of award does Nicole receive and how did she qualify for it?
10. Who sees Don off when he leaves the hospital and what do they expect?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The accident acts as a catalyst for the rest of the story.
1. What do you think the above statement means?
2. Discuss what you believe about whether one turn of events can change a person's life forever.
3. Do you think the paramedics were careless about declaring Don dead? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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