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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. Reins: Who runs this afterlife?

2. Sum: In this afterlife a person's life is:

3. Egalitaire: What do souls think about this afterlife?

4. Scales: What happens to God if man dies?

5. Angst: What do most in the afterlife choose to do on their vacation?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Unnatural: Why do people begin murdering others?

2. Spirals: What do the creatures in this afterlife want from humans?

3. Metamorphosis: In this story, people die three deaths. The last death occurs when their name is said for the last time on earth. Why will some people be stuck waiting forever for their name to be called for the final time?

4. Mary: What disappoints God the most about his relationship with humans?

5. Descent of Species: People in this afterlife are able to determine what they want to be in the next life. However, what can happen if they aren't careful?

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

7. Great Expectations: What doe people expect in this afterlife?

8. Giantess: Why does the princely looking man in this afterlife study humans?

9. Distance: Everyone in this afterlife is allowed to ask the Creator one question. One man asks why God keeps himself separate from man. What is God's answer?

10. Mary: Why does God love Mary Shelley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Incentive:

In this story there are two kinds of people Actors and Beneficiaries. Actors are dead people who populate the lives of Beneficiaries, their job is to help the Beneficiaries who are still living. The actors don't like their job, but do it in the hopes that they too can be Beneficiaries some day.

1) Why would someone want to be a Beneficiary?

2) Exactly how are they "benefiting" from the deceit of the actors?

3) Would you rather be an Actor or a Beneficiary? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Reins:

This afterlife is run by committee. God used to run it, but began to lose control to man and the angels. After God's Heaven was taken from him he began to identify with men like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

1) Why does God feel his vision of Heaven was stolen from him?

2) What might happen to God's vision, or anyone's vision, if it is taken over by other people?

3) Who are King and Gandhi? Why does God relate to them?

Essay Topic 3

Prism:

In this afterlife people are able to split into different ages of their life at the same time, like light through a prism. However, they soon realize that their different ages do not have much in common. Why is this? How can a person who is 50 not understand the person they were at 15? What might have happened to make these two ages of the same person become essentially different people? If you were God, how would you solve the problem?

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