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. Seed: What has happened now that people have become smarter?

2. Quantum: People in this afterlife live __________________.

3. Microbe: What happens to the microbes when a body dies?

4. Conservation: Why do things change in this afterlife?

5. Impulse: Who are the "gods" in this afterlife?

Short Essay Questions

1. Incentive: Why do the actors in this afterlife wish to be Beneficiaries?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Seed: In this story man was created by accident. How did that happen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1


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.

Essay Topic 2


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 3


God has slipped into seclusion because he is afraid that he will disappoint man. You see, he created man by complete accident. As man becomes smarter it is harder for God to impress him.

What do you think about this? Do you think science has made it harder for people to be impressed by God? Why or why not? Should God feel like an amateur magician because his creation of man was a mistake? Should he feel good because man is a great creation? Why do you feel the way you do?

Please keep your answers within the context of the story.

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