What Dreams May Come: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Chris now comprehend?

2. To what is Ann resistant?

3. What happens if there is intense grieving surrounding a person's death?

4. What does the clairvoyant claim?

5. To what does Ann reluctantly agree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What sort of judgment day is there for Chris and who is the "judge"?

3. What does Chris learn at the Office of Records and how does he react? Why do you think he reacts in such a way?

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

5. Describe Chris' first moments after he awakens in Summerland.

6. What recollection of Chris' may foreshadow the future for Ann?

7. What happens when Chris gets to his home? Why do you think he doesn't realize he is dead?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

Compare/contrast Chris to Albert.

Thoroughly analyze Ann's character and discuss why you think she ends up in the lower realms.

Discuss four of the minor characters and how they contribute to the story. Could they be left out without impacting the story overly much?

Essay Topic 2

In the first couple chapters, it is obvious to the reader that Chris has died, yet Chris has not yet realized this fact. Discuss the following:

What are some of the clues that should relay to Chris the fact that he is dead?

Why do you think Chris gets angry at the voice that tells him not to fight dying?

Why do you think he ignores those clues?

What does Chris believe about himself in Chapters 1 and 2? Is there any basis for this belief?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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