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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. Pantheon: How do the gods feel about people?
(a) They feel people are inferior.
(b) They want to eventually become people.
(c) They want to hurt people.
(d) They are fond of people.

2. Graveyard of the Gods: What else finds its way to the afterlife?
(a) The things man has created.
(b) The devil.
(c) God's brothers and sisters.
(d) Oceans and rivers.

3. Subjunctive: What are people confronted with here?
(a) Gods from all over the world.
(b) The people they bullied in life.
(c) Different versions of themselves.
(d) A panel of judges.

4. Ineffable: What happens to the cells in a body when a person dies?
(a) They are given to another person.
(b) They go to their own afterlife.
(c) They die with the body.
(d) They shut down.

5. Will-o-the-Wisp: What are the monitors used for?
(a) To watch your life in replay.
(b) To make sure no one breaks into your home.
(c) To watch people on earth.
(d) To view your funeral.

Short Answer Questions

1. Encore: What has helped this afterlife flourish?

2. Subjunctive: What are people judged on in this afterlife?

3. Seed: What has happened now that people have become smarter?

4. Incentive: Who are some of the people in your life?

5. Search: What happens to your cells as they drift?

Short Essay Questions

1. Incentive: Why do actors often resent their job?

2. Narcissus: The afterlife in this story takes place in the center of the earth. In the afterlife, the Cartographers download the images that people took while they were alive. However, the Cartographers are disappointed by the images the humans take. Why?

3. Subjunctive: What is the punishment a person faces in the afterlife if they are a failure during their living life?

4. Graveyard of the Gods: Why are the gods in this afterlife so miserable?

5. Pantheon: There are many gods in this afterlife. In fact, there is a god of just about everything you can think of. As a result, these gods do a lot of fighting with each other. Why is it that these gods can empathize with humans?

6. Death Watch: How did the death switch become a problem for those who are alive?

7. Search: Once every millennium, all of your atoms come back together to create you again. This is a joyous occasion, but also a sad one. Why is it sad?

8. Reversal: What is the difference between your remembered life and your second life that causes grief for many when they live the second time?

9. Ineffable: In this afterlife everything dies. People die, plays die, furniture dies. However, what is unique about these things in the afterlife?

10. Blueprints: How can the numbers in this story be both a reward and a punishment?

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