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 will happen if a person dies as a horse?

2. Circle of Friends: Who are the people you run into in this afterlife?

3. Mirrors: What does the first death feel like?

4. Perpetuity: What is missing from this afterlife?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Angst: Why do the humans in this story dread returning to the afterlife?

6. 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?

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

8. Perpetuity: Why does God treat sinners so well in this afterlife?

9. 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?

10. The Unnatural: What do you choose in this afterlife that you believe will help the world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1


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


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.

Essay Topic 3

The Unnatural:

The Unnatural part of this story is the absence of death. The reader is shown a world in which death is not a fear and where people will go to great lengths to reinsert death into life. Can you imagine a world in which there is no death? What would that world be like? Do you think people would wish to commit suicide and kill others? Why or why not? What do you think gives life meaning? Does death give meaning to life? Why or why not?

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