Right before religion class, the Colonel mentions that he's had an epiphany about his failed relationship, and it's that his ex-girlfriend Sara is a complete and total jerk.
Dr. Hyde hobbles in and, after a lecture on Jesus, assigns the final exam question—a question worth fifty percent of the class grade.
The essay question is this: "What is the most important question human beings must answer? Choose your question wisely, and then examine how Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity attempt to answer it"(76before.11).
Jogging home through the rain, Miles tells the Colonel that his question will be "what happens to us when we die" (76before.13).
Alaska, who has skipped class, runs over to Miles and the Colonel and explains that her room has flooded; someone connected a plastic tube from the gutter to her window, and now her whole room is sopping.
She thinks the Weekday Warriors are behind it. Duh.