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. Metamorphosis: Why do many famous people stay in the waiting room?

2. Circle of Friends: What happens in the streets and parks?

3. Giantess: What does this afterlife focus on?

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

5. Oz: What does the brave man discover about the Creator?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Scales: What is so special about the relationship between God and humans in this afterlife?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2


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

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?

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