Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Test | Final 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. Reversal: What will happen when the universe begins to contract?

2. Subjunctive: Which person will have to deal with the most versions of himself?

3. Quantum: What are people in this afterlife able to enjoy?

4. Reversal: What are you confronted with in your second life?

5. Seed: How did God come to create man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Subjunctive: How is a person judged in this afterlife?

2. Prism: What was God's biggest problem when he created this afterlife?

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

4. Reversal: What is the difference between your remembered life and your second life that causes grief for many when they live the second time?

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

6. 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?

7. Death Watch: Why would anyone feel the need to install a death switch on someone's computer?

8. Will-o-the-Wisp: People in this afterlife get to watch the happenings on earth. Many people enjoy watching so much that they become angry when they must leave. What is it that these people don't know about what they are seeing?

9. Conservation: Eventually the quark must rest and recover the energy it needs to keep the universe going. What happens to the afterlife when the quark goes into the period of "incompleteness"?

10. Pantheon: There are many gods in this afterlife. In fact, there is a god of just about everything you can think of. As a result, these gods do a lot of fighting with each other. Why is it that these gods can empathize with humans?

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

Reins:

This afterlife is run by committee. God used to run it, but began to lose control to man and the angels. After God's Heaven was taken from him he began to identify with men like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

1) Why does God feel his vision of Heaven was stolen from him?

2) What might happen to God's vision, or anyone's vision, if it is taken over by other people?

3) Who are King and Gandhi? Why does God relate to them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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