Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Prism: What was God worried about when this afterlife was created?

2. Incentive: Before each performance, actors are given ________________.

3. Quantum: What type of scenario causes mixed signals for people?

4. Absence: What do people think may have happened to God?

5. Conservation: The same quark is responsible for _______________________.

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

Incentive:

In this story there are two kinds of people Actors and Beneficiaries. Actors are dead people who populate the lives of Beneficiaries, their job is to help the Beneficiaries who are still living. The actors don't like their job, but do it in the hopes that they too can be Beneficiaries some day.

1) Why would someone want to be a Beneficiary?

2) Exactly how are they "benefiting" from the deceit of the actors?

3) Would you rather be an Actor or a Beneficiary? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Reversal:

There is no afterlife in this story, but everyone gets a chance to live again. However, they find that the reality of who they were is often different than who they remembered themselves being.

1) Why do you think these people created myths about their lives the first time around?

2) Why might they be disappointed in their second chance at life?

3) Do you think the majority of people in the second life are happy or unhappy? Why?

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