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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. Perpetuity: What does God hope will happen to the sinners?

2. The Cast: What do some actors do to escape the dream?

3. Reins: Who runs this afterlife?

4. Missing: What was created while the God couple was at war?

5. Adhesion: Who made humans in this story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Oz: What does God say is the true measure of bravery?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Oz: Who gets to see God in this story?

10. Mirrors: In this story death is a two part process. The first death comes when a person takes their final breath, but the second part does not come until later. What kills the person the second time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oz:

At the end of this story the man behind the curtain tells the brave man that true bravery is measured by whether a person can face the absence of the Creator. How do you feel about this? How would you feel if you believed all your life there was a Creator and suddenly found out there wasn't? Would you be scared? Happy? Nervous? Why would you feel the way you do? How does facing this reality show that someone is brave?

Essay Topic 3

Giantess:

In this story God is so vast that the beings in her universe feel it is pointless to try and communicate with her. The being in the story states that the size difference between the Giantess and the beings trying to influence her was too large for them to really communicate. Do you think this is true? Is their size difference the reason the Giantess destroyed planets and elements when they sent her a message? What else may have made the Giantess behave in the way she did?

In other words, how might the princely-looking man be wrong in his interpretations of the Giantess's reaction?

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