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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 will the man do to contact Chris?

2. What does everyone have at Summerland?

3. To where does Chris follow Ann?

4. What does Richard's companion suggest?

5. What does Chris admire about Albert's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Chris keeps staying around the Earth plane when it is so frustrating and sad to see Ann's grief?

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. Give a brief description of life in Summerland.

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

6. What does Perry do that keeps Chris from actually communicating any further and why do you think Perry does this?

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

8. What does Leon show Chris while they are waiting to be summoned back to the Office of Records?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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