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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. To whom is the clairvoyant supposed to give the manuscript?

2. Which sphere is Summerland?

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

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

5. What does Chris now comprehend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Chris persist in trying to make Ann see her situation and what is the result?

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

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

6. What is the process of incarnation/reincarnation that souls go through?

7. Describe Albert and Chris' initial entry into the Lower Realms.

8. How does Perry explain about why Chris lingers on the Earth plane for so long and the negative emotions Chris experiences?

9. What does Chris want to do at Summerland?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Symbols and metaphors are usually present in most fiction, particularly one that has both a message and is set in imaginary worlds. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think a novel set in imaginary worlds would rely upon symbolism and metaphors? Give examples to support your rationale.

2. Trace and analyze three of the most significant symbols in the novel.

3. Trace and analyze two of the most significant metaphors in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Chris learns that Albert keeps track of certain family members who have died; that families do not have the same ties in Summerland as they do on earth. Discuss the following:

1. How does Chris react when he learns that relationships in Summerland (Heaven) are similar as on Earth?

2. Do you think relationships would be different from or similar to the way one's relationships are on Earth (assume for the moment that there is life after death, even if you do not believe it)?

3. Even though relationships in Summerland are similar to that on Earth, do you think Chris could change the relationship with his father if Chris wanted to? What about if the father is unwilling?

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