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

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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 causes malfunction to the cable holding the Freddie Fall car in place?

2. What is the new ride at Ruby Pier?

3. What does Eddie hear once he dies?

4. How does Eddie feel about the safety of Ruby Pier?

5. What birthday does Eddie celebrate in Chapter Five?

Short Essay Questions

1. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?

2. What is Eddie's role in the death of the Blue Man?

3. At this point, Albom has shown the reader a span of seventy-five years in only ten, short chapters. How is Albom's storytelling effective?

4. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?

5. In Chapter Seven, how does Mitch Albom use suspense to propel the action?

6. What was Eddie's relationship like with his father?

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

8. Discuss the significance of Albom's use of color in Chapter Two?

9. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".

10. Why does Ruby know all of the details of Eddie's father?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Mitch Albom introduces silence as an effective symbol several times throughout the novel. Identify three different instances where silence is employed, and explain why its use is so effective. Make sure to cite your references.

Essay Topic 2

The reader first meets Eddie as an eighty-three year old man who performs maintenance at Ruby Pier. As the story unfolds, the reader learns of Eddie's younger years, and the action takes the reader back to the moment of his death when Eddie finally comes "home" to Heaven. Discuss how the novel comes full circle, being sure to reference several main points from Eddie's life.

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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