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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. Where does Chris awaken?

2. What does Richard's companion suggest?

3. What happens to Chris that seems very strange?

4. What of Albert's former beliefs does he share with Chris?

5. Where does Chris have to go to search for Ann?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Chris encounter in the hospital halls and what do you think the fog represents?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the man who seems to have substance tell Chris?

10. What is the main thing that bothers Chris about his death and subsequent life in Summerland?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of redemption.

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of relationships.

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of spirituality.

Essay Topic 2

Chris learns that everyone has a "job" in Summerland, usually of their own choice. Discuss the following:

1. What is Albert's job and how does he carry it out?

2. What does Chris think he will do for a job? Do you think he makes a good choice? Why or why not?

3. If you were in Summerland and had to choose a job, what would it be and why?

Essay Topic 3

There is still a great deal of human frailty and foibles in Summerland. Summerland is a place where souls that dwell there must grow, face their problems and solve them, and must not see their reflections in mirrors for fear of losing heart at their imperfections. Discuss the following:

1. If the only way a soul can see its imperfections is in a mirror, which is why there are no mirrors, then how does a soul know what its imperfections are?

2. How can a mirror reflect spiritual imperfections? Do you think the implication is that the body one creates to "wear" in Summerland reflects one's spiritual imperfections?

3. How would you feel if when you looked into a mirror you not only saw your physical body (and its imperfections as you perceive them), but also saw your emotional/spiritual imperfections? Would you look in a mirror less or more than you do now?

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