This exercise was inspired by the film with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep about a man
who, before finding his place in heaven, must stand before a tribunal and watch episodes
of his life played before them. He must then defend his actions and explain himself.
This activity emphasizes the same principle that there are signifcant moments in all of our
lives, including some we may not be proud of. It demonstrates how writers use memories
from their own lives for materials for stories, essays, and novels, and encourages
students to use their own lives as a basis for their essays.