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. Subjunctive: What are people judged on in this afterlife?

2. Ineffable: What happens to a play or a conflict when it ends?

3. Reversal: When will everyone live again?

4. Death Watch: What happens when a computer has been idle for a number of days?

5. Impulse: In this story, people are the same as?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Absence: How does the absence of God contribute to the wars that break out in the afterlife?

4. Graveyard of the Gods: Why are the gods in this afterlife so miserable?

5. Encore: In this afterlife the Creators try to recreate you in Heaven to be the same as you were on earth. Why has the afterlife really come into its own in the last hundred years?

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

7. 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?

8. Microbe: Why doesn't God know that man exists in this afterlife?

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Giantess:

In this story God is so vast that the beings in her universe feel it is pointless to try and communicate with her. The being in the story states that the size difference between the Giantess and the beings trying to influence her was too large for them to really communicate. Do you think this is true? Is their size difference the reason the Giantess destroyed planets and elements when they sent her a message? What else may have made the Giantess behave in the way she did?

In other words, how might the princely-looking man be wrong in his interpretations of the Giantess's reaction?

Essay Topic 2

Prism:

In this afterlife people are able to split into different ages of their life at the same time, like light through a prism. However, they soon realize that their different ages do not have much in common. Why is this? How can a person who is 50 not understand the person they were at 15? What might have happened to make these two ages of the same person become essentially different people? If you were God, how would you solve the problem?

Essay Topic 3

Adhesion:

The Collectors have created human beings in an effort to understand why some things stick together. They study man to discover why some human relationships work while others fail. So far their experiment has been both costly and time consuming as they still are baffled by human relationships.

1) List the reasons in the story that people stay together in relationships.

2) List the reasons in the story that people break off relationships.

Pretend you are the Collector who must come to a final conclusion about human adhesion once and for all. What do you conclude is the reason man forms lasting relationships? Why do they form impermanent ones? Explain your answer using evidence the Collectors have in the story.

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