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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Circle of Friends: Who are the people you run into in this afterlife?
(a) There are no other people in this afterlife, you are alone.
(b) People from history.
(c) People you would have known if you had lived differently.
(d) People you knew in life and remember.

2. The Unnatural: People begin to realize that death provides _______________.
(a) Happiness.
(b) Depression.
(c) Joy.
(d) Motivation.

3. The Unnatural: What did you try to do before in this afterlife?
(a) Become wealthy.
(b) Eradicate death.
(c) To die a different way.
(d) Be beautiful.

4. Great Expectations: What happens to people's computerized afterlives?
(a) They are happy.
(b) They are wonderful.
(c) They are envied by God.
(d) They do not work.

5. Descent of Species: What does the hero of this story turn into?
(a) An alien.
(b) A horse.
(c) A fly.
(d) A ghost.

Short Answer Questions

1. Descent of Species: What are you able to choose in this afterlife?

2. Sum: Once you make it through the pain segment of your remembered life:

3. Great Expectations: What really happens to people when they die?

4. Mirrors: What causes the final death in this afterlife?

5. Angst: How often do those in the afterlife get a vacation from their job?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Unnatural: Why do people begin to think that death refers to the death of motivation?

2. Spirals: Why do the creatures in this afterlife think humans are so intelligent?

3. Missing: Why is the dispute over God's gender irrelevant in this story?

4. The Cast: As you live your life, all of the people in the background of your life are actors. They are those in the afterlife who must play "roles" in your life. However, not every actor is happy being a character in your life. Why are they so dissatisfied?

5. Missing: How does God being a married couple become a problem in this afterlife?

6. Scales: What is so special about the relationship between God and humans in this afterlife?

7. Egalitaire: God created life to be good and bad, but then had a problem creating a way to judge people in the afterlife. Why is that?

8. Adhesion: What is the adhesive (alluded to in the title) that holds humans together in this story?

9. Circle of Friends: This afterlife is populated by people who you felt were important enough to remember from your life. You never meet a stranger and you have the chance to renew old bonds and friendships. However, people are not happy here. Why?

10. Reins: What does God have in common with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi?

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