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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. How does Eva see her husband?
2. What does Don tell Chad?
3. What does Don often criticize about Eva?
4. Who does Don choose to tell his story to secondly?
5. How did Don normally feel about people who say they've had a near death experience?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does a woman who called in at a radio station tell Don and what does Don do about it?
2. Who sees Don off when he leaves the hospital and what do they expect?
3. Who begins crying when Don is speaking at a church and why? What did she tell Don?
4. With whom does Don finally share his entire story and how did it go?
5. What kind of people does Don seem to meet?
6. What does Don ask of his three children and how do they respond?
7. What happened with a classmate of Nicole's at the university?
8. What does David challenge Don to do and what happens?
9. What does Don say to the police officer, Brad and his wife?
10. After several years what had Don told Eva about his death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is not surprising that Don has difficulty telling others about his trip to heaven. Most people are skeptical of people claiming to have near death experiences. The connotation is that such stories are false and the people telling them are crazy.
1. Explain what you think about Don's experience. Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Do you think most people are skeptical about near death experiences? Why or why not?
3. Do you think any story about a near death experience is false? Why or why not?
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
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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