Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Descent of Species: What is the hero's last thought as a human?

2. Great Expectations: What happens to people's computerized afterlives?

3. Mirrors: How many stages does death have in this afterlife?

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

5. Reins: Why did the angels sew discord against God?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. Great Expectations: In this story the people who create and program afterlives are basically selling a false product, though not intentionally. How is it that people are mistaken in their understanding of the afterlife?

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

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

7. Mary: Why does God love Mary Shelley?

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

9. Giantess: What happened as a result of the princely man's attempt to communicate with the Giantess?

10. Sum: In this afterlife all of your life experiences are grouped together. You can't experience something different until you have run through all of the experience in one chain. For example, you can't take a shower until you are in the shower experience period of the afterlife. Why would this make you long for your life on earth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Absence:

God is missing and no one knows where he is. To make matters worse, God has been gone for so long some in Heaven are beginning to believe he never existed to begin with. As a result wars break out that mirror the religious wars on earth. Why does this happen? What are the people in Heaven fighting over? What do the people on earth fight over? Do you think it is important for those of Heaven and earth to have a God? Why or why not?

Please base your answers on the context of the story, not on your personal religious beliefs.

Essay Topic 2

Ineffable:

Everything in this story goes to an afterlife when it dies. That includes people, furniture and court sessions. Even our cells go to their own afterlife when we die.

How do you think this is possible? Does this mean that everything has a soul? An energy? A life on earth? Why do you think the way you do?

Essay Topic 3

Seed:

God has slipped into seclusion because he is afraid that he will disappoint man. You see, he created man by complete accident. As man becomes smarter it is harder for God to impress him.

What do you think about this? Do you think science has made it harder for people to be impressed by God? Why or why not? Should God feel like an amateur magician because his creation of man was a mistake? Should he feel good because man is a great creation? Why do you feel the way you do?

Please keep your answers within the context of the story.

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