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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. With whom does Chris usually go to the movies?

2. What happens to Chris at the moment of his death?

3. Who does Richard bring to the cemetery?

4. Why does Chris no longer feel pain?

5. What will the man do to contact Chris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What might give Chris hope for Ann for after she dies?

4. When Chris follows the sounds of Ann's sobbing, where does he end up?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Chris lie down at his home and does this make sense to you?

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

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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