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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 promise did the Captain make?
2. What literary device does the author repetitively use to reveal clues about Eddie's life?
3. What does Eddie first ask the first person he meets in Heaven?
4. What does Eddie make for the little girl at the Pier in Chapter 1?
5. What does Eddie learn from the Blue Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Albom reveal the relationship between Joe and Eddie in Chapter Four?
2. What happens when Eddie realizes the danger is not over at the Freddy Free Fall?
3. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?
4. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.
5. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
6. The readers learn that today is Eddie's birthday. What is his mood as the little girl approaches him in Chapter One?
7. What does Eddie learn about his leg injury in Chapter Six, and who shares with Eddie this revelation?
8. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?
9. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
10. 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.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Marguerite tells Eddie "Life might end, but love does not." At the point in the novel that Marguerite shares this insight with Eddie, he is learning that he has made many connections with various people on earth. How might Eddie now understand that Marguerite's advice is relevant to the relationships he has had with other family members, as well as with her? How might her advice be connected to Eddie's job and relationships with the children he keeps safe?
Essay Topic 2
Eddie learns that his life has helped to save the lives of many others. How might the five people Eddie meets in Heaven be impacted if Eddie had NOT been involved in their lives? Discuss how the Blue Man, Tala, Amy or Annie, Marguerite, and Ruby might have entirely different lives if it were not for Eddie.
Essay Topic 3
The theme of childhood innocence clearly plays an essential role in this novel as related to the life of the protagonist. Identify several examples of how childhood innocence helps to teach Eddie about the importance of his own life.
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