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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. What gets in the way of Perry's being able to connect Chris and Ann?

2. To what does Chris awaken?

3. To what does Ann reluctantly agree?

4. What does the man who seems solid to Chris tell him?

5. What work does this woman tell Chris that Albert is doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Chris at the opening to Chapter 36 and what has he accomplished?

2. How does Chris react to the knowledge of Ann's suicide?

3. When Chris follows the sounds of Ann's sobbing, where does he end up?

4. Can there be any type of communication between souls in Summerland and those on Earth?

5. What does Chris do to find Ann and help her?

6. What does Albert say about Hell?

7. Who greets Chris and what do you think of the situation?

8. What crosses in front of Chris on the driveway of Ann's home in Hell and what might be the symbolism of the scene?

9. How is Chris finally able to move away from the Earth plane?

10. What is the frame in which Chris' story is written?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Often someone who is dying will suddenly die when a loved one has left the room momentarily. Many believe that the grief of the loved one holds the person there and it is only when that loved one is out of the room that the person "slips away." Discuss the following:

1. Do you believe either negative or positive emotions of a loved one can hinder a person from dying? Explain fully.

2. Do you believe either negative or positive emotions of a dying person can hinder the person from letting go and dying? Explain fully.

3. How do you think is the most positive way a loved one can act when holding a bedside vigil of a dying person?

4. Do you think Ann acted in ways that made it easy for Chris to leave his body?

Essay Topic 2

In Albert's home, Chris notices the screenplays he wrote while in the physical on Earth. Chris regrets that his screenplays were not of a less violent or horrific nature. Discuss the following:

1. If Chris had wanted to write different screen plays while on Earth, then he probably would have. What do you think kept him from doing so?

2. If life is meant to be experienced fully, what is wrong with Chris' screenplays exploring themes of life as it is on Earth in reality?

3. If one strives to create heaven on earth, then why have two separate planes of existence?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, Chris separates from his body and his life flashes before his eyes in reverse from 1974 to 1927 in a blur of images. Then, later in Chapter 4, Chris has a comprehensive review of his life and actions, this time slowly and with great clarity. Discuss the following:

What do you think is the purpose of Chris' life flashing past his mind in Chapter 1?

What do you think is the purpose of the comprehensive review in Chapter 4?

Who judges Chris' life? Do you think this is a good way to conduct and after-death judgment?

What judgment is rendered about Chris' life?

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