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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. Who restores peace to Eddie's household in Chapter Five?
2. What causes the Blue Man's death?
3. What does Eddie first ask the first person he meets in Heaven?
4. What does the author use as symbolism in Chapter Two?
5. What does Eddie think the little girl's name is?
Short Essay Questions
1. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?
2. 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.
3. Why is the stranger Eddie meets in Chapter Eight so significant in his life?
4. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
5. What does Marguerite teach Eddie in Heaven?
6. In Chapter Seven, how does Mitch Albom use suspense to propel the action?
7. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?
8. How does the fifth person Eddie meets in Heaven reveal Eddie's character?
9. What does the reader learn about Eddie through the short snippets describing his various birthdays?
10. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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 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.
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