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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. Why can't Eddie play with the erector set he received for his eighth birthday?
2. What is the author doing in Chapter Three?
3. What does Uncle Mickey give Eddie for his birthday?
4. With whom does Eddie first share the news that he found the girl he wishes to marry?
5. What does Eddie learn from the Blue Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
2. How is Eddie feeling, now that he has awakened in Heaven?
3. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
4. 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.
5. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?
6. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
7. What happens at Freddy Free Fall to cause Eddie to reevaluate the safety of this ride?
8. Why is it significant that Eddie's body feels like that of a child when he first meets the Blue Man?
9. The readers learn that today is Eddie's birthday. What is his mood as the little girl approaches him in Chapter One?
10. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Albom introduces the reader to a little girl in Chapter One named Amy or Annie. Why is her name unspecified? Aside from the fact that Eddie tries to save her, what is her role in Eddie's life? What is Eddie's role in her life? How will the story continue to spin, even after the end of the novel, as outlined by the author?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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