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. Ineffable: What happens to the people in a play when the play dies?

2. Incentive: Who are some of the people in your life?

3. Quantum: What does the angel notice about the people in this afterlife?

4. Will-o-the-Wisp: What are the viewers in the lounge not allowed to see?

5. Quantum: People in this afterlife live __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Absence: What has happened to the afterlife in this story?

2. Quantum: What is so confusing about this afterlife?

3. 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"?

4. 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?

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

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. Incentive: Why do actors often resent their job?

9. Quantum: What scenario do people find the most familiar in this afterlife?

10. Conservation: How was the universe created 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

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 3

Metamorphosis:

This is the story of those who await their third and final death. A death that happens when their name is said for the last time on Earth. However, some people find that they are stuck in the waiting room for eternity because their names are in books and will never be said for the last time.

1) What people do you imagine are in the waiting room forever? Can you name a few?

2) Of the people you named, how might they undergo a metamorphosis in the waiting room?

3) How might they change while in the waiting room as a result of glorification or misunderstanding of their earthly character and/or actions?

Give 3 people as examples.

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