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

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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 happens to one's memories after reincarnation?

2. What does Ian believe?

3. What keeps Ann from making a connection with Chris?

4. How does Ann's house appear to Chris as he approaches it?

5. Why does Ginger growl at Chris?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

There are three settings in this novel: Earth, Summerland and the Lower Realms. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Summerland to Earth.

2. Compare/contrast Summerland to the Lower Realms.

3. Compare/contrast the Lower Realms to Earth.

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