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

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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

Apostasy:

In this story God is a woman who wishes to provide those entering the afterlife with the Book of Truth, a book that reveals all the answers they have been looking for. She forces any apostates to leave Heaven out of fear that they will impart people with this knowledge before she can. This God seems fairly vain and self-serving. Why do you think that is? Do you think it is significant that the author made this god a woman? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Great Expectations:

Man has come up with a way to create his own afterlife. People in this story design the afterlife of their dreams and eagerly anticipate the moment when they can spend eternity in their ideal Heaven. However, after death they find out that this isn't true; their great expectations are not met.

1) How does God feel about man's disappointment?

2) What does God think has caused this?

3) How has man's blind faith in an afterlife ruined his experience once he arrives in the afterlife?

Essay Topic 3

Scales:

In this afterlife the reader finds that man is just part of the biology of God. Humans are basically the cells that make up God's organs. As they destroy themselves and others, they also destroy God.

How does the story of God and Man in this afterlife mirror the real life relationship between Man and the earth? Present three or four ways in which the earth (God) is being destroyed by Man's actions. Do you think the earth would be as wonderful as it is now if Man was not a part of it? Why or why not?

Do you agree with God's conclusion in this story: Everything creates itself upon the backs of smaller entities which will ultimately destroy the original entity.

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