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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 does Eddie do for a living?
2. What does Eddie learn about his voice in Heaven?
3. Who says, "When you sacrifice something that is precious, he says, you don't actually lose it."?
4. What is the last thing Eddie remembers physically feeling before he dies?
5. As discovered in Chapter Six, for what is Eddie saving his money?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
2. What does Eddie feel from the Blue Man when the Blue Man hugs Eddie?
3. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.
4. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
5. What happens when Eddie realizes the danger is not over at the Freddy Free Fall?
6. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
7. In Chapter Seven, how does Mitch Albom use suspense to propel the action?
8. Why is Eddie confused about the fact that he is still on Ruby Pier?
9. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?
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
Consider the fact that Eddie still worked at the Pier at age eighty-three. Next, recall Eddie's relationship with his father and his brother. Using facts from the novel, write an essay where Eddie's father and Eddie's brother are two of the people Eddie meets in Heaven. What lessons would they teach Eddie? How might their interactions play out?
Essay Topic 2
Many themes are seen throughout the novel. Three that are most prevalent include: forgiveness, acceptance, and the importance of love in a person's life. Using the three aforementioned themes as points in your response, highlight what you have learned about these themes as used in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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