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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. Where does the reader learn that Eddie and three other soldiers are being held?
2. Who is Uncle Mickey?
3. What does Eddie think the little girl's name is?
4. What happens to the field where Chapter Seven opens?
5. What happens to Eddie at the end of Chapter One?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.
2. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?
3. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
4. What does Eddie feel from the Blue Man when the Blue Man hugs Eddie?
5. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
6. Before Eddie speaks to the little girl at the park, about what/whom was he daydreaming?
7. What happens at Freddy Free Fall to cause Eddie to reevaluate the safety of this ride?
8. How does the author traverse time and introduce the reader to different points in Eddie's life?
9. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
10. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Two, "The Journey."
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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
Albom changes the setting many times throughout the novel, but Ruby Pier remains as the main focus. Discuss how the Ruby Pier of Eddie's childhood, the Ruby Pier of the past, and the Ruby Pier of the present serve as effective settings for the novel.
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