The Five People You Meet in Heaven Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does the Captain receive from Eddie?

2. What happens to the Freddie Fall car?

3. What promise did the Captain make?

4. Who says, "War is not a game. If there's a shot to be made, you make it, you hear? No guilt. No hesitation...."?

5. What does Eddie learn about his voice in Heaven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.

2. What does Eddie feel from the Blue Man when the Blue Man hugs Eddie?

3. When the action returns to Ruby Pier, the reader finds the park closed. How does Eddie's death impact the Pier?

4. What does Eddie learn about his leg injury in Chapter Six, and who shares with Eddie this revelation?

5. What are the first images the reader gets of Ruby Pier?

6. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?

7. How does the author traverse time and introduce the reader to different points in Eddie's life?

8. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?

9. The Blue Man tells Eddie, "there are no random acts...we are all connected..." Explain this quote as it relates to the Blue Man and Eddie.

10. How does Eddie's father die?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Blue Man tells Eddie, "That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind." (p. 48, ll. 1-3) Show how this quote is one of the main lessons throughout the novel. Be sure to cite at least three specific examples and connect them back to the quote.

Essay Topic 2

The estate attorney at the end of the novel comments on what a "poor slob" Eddie is because he has no material possessions. How is Eddie actually rich, without consideration of material possessions?

Essay Topic 3

In most novels, minor characters are simply used to assist the plot. In THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, however, Albom uses minor characters to more profoundly impact his protagonist. Discuss how Mickey Shea, Eddie's father, and Ruby are essential to move the plot along.

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