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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. Who does Richard bring to the cemetery?

2. Who does Chris recognize as the man who helped him?

3. How does Chris' heart beat?

4. What is the atmosphere like in Summerland?

5. What are the masterpieces on Earth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Leona offer to do for Chris and do you think that it is wise?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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