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

2. Search: How often do your atoms pull together again?

3. Prism: How is this afterlife like a prism?

4. Death Watch: How did some misuse the death switch?

5. Microbe: What does God think about man?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Oz:

At the end of this story the man behind the curtain tells the brave man that true bravery is measured by whether a person can face the absence of the Creator. How do you feel about this? How would you feel if you believed all your life there was a Creator and suddenly found out there wasn't? Would you be scared? Happy? Nervous? Why would you feel the way you do? How does facing this reality show that someone is brave?

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