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. Distance: What is each person allowed to do when arriving in the afterlife?

3. The Cast: What did the dream actors do at one point?

4. Giantess: What does the Giantess consist of?

5. Sum: In this afterlife you begin to long for:

Short Essay Questions

1. Apostasy: In this afterlife God is anxious to reveal the Book of Truth to everyone who enters. She has always feared that some people would figure out the answers to life before she could tell them. Why does she banish apostates from her Heaven?

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

3. Conservation: How was the universe created in this story?

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. Spirals: Why do the creatures in this afterlife think humans are so intelligent?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Descent of Species:

In this story your last coherent thought, before you become a horse, you realize that in another life you must have been an alien who wanted to be human.

1) Why do you (the main character) think this?

2) Do you (the reader) agree with the character's assumption? Why or why not?

3) Can you imagine a way that the horse (or bug or snake) could become human again? How would they do this?

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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