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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. Who judges the individual?

2. How do the works of literature exist in this library?

3. Who do Leona and Chris met?

4. How long does it take the clairvoyant to complete the manuscript?

5. How does Richard feel about what Perry says about Chris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give a one-sentence synopsis of WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.

2. Describe Chris' experience in the hospital when his soul first leaves his body.

3. Who is the man who helped Chris finally make it to Summerland and what does Chris realize about life in Summerland?

4. Where does Leona take Chris and why can't he seem to enjoy it?

5. What does Leona offer to do for Chris and do you think that it is wise?

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

7. Who does it seem that Chris can make some sort of connection with and who can he not seem to reach and why?

8. What does Chris realize about his and Albert's conversation and what is the implication of this?

9. What can Albert do and how would you feel about that?

10. What is the paradox about Ann and her wish to see Chris at Perry's seance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chris is introduced to the Hall of Literature, a perfect library where they can talk without disturbing anyone. Works of literature and art are present in their most perfect form. As Leona explains it, the original Chris sees is the true form, the concept in the mind of the artist, pure and eternal. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Leona means when she says the original Chris sees is the true form, the concept in the mind of the artist, pure and eternal?

2. If art on Earth is a mere imitation of the same art in Summerland (or Heaven), why should one even try to produce art on Earth? Discuss with examples.

3. Chris desires to write new, uplifting screen plays. Will his work while he is in Summerland be in its most perfect form? What would be the challenge in writing it if that is so?

Essay Topic 2

Much of this story centers around obsession. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Chris's obsession for helping Ann throughout the story. Discuss fully with examples.

2. Trace and analyze Ann's obsession about Chris throughout the story. Discuss fully with examples.

3. What lessons can be learned for your own life in looking at how obsession manifests and impacts people in this story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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