What Dreams May Come: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ann want from Chris?

2. What had once been a defining force for Ann?

3. What does Albert believe about Ann's suicide?

4. How does Chris define heaven?

5. What do the damned do in the vacuum of Hell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite Chris' intense love for his wife, Ann, he is unable to make a connection with her while she is still in the physical plane and barely manages to get her to acknowledge his existence in the spirit world. Discuss the following:

1. There's a cliché that suggests that "love conquers all." What does love fail to conquer in the story and what does love conquer in the story?

2. Ann's refusal to feel Chris's connection seems to be motivated by her head, rather than heart. Do you think this is true? Why? Give examples.

3. In what other ways do you see the existence of love in the story?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 5, Ann agrees to a séance with Perry. It starts out find, but then ends badly. Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and then analyze the entire séance scene.

2. Discuss the paranormal, particularly mediumship and give your response to the subject.

3. How do you think things would have changed for Ann if she had seen Chris and believed he still existed somewhere? Discuss thoroughly with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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