The Five People You Meet in Heaven Test | 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 do Eddie and the other two soldiers decide to do before escaping?

2. What does Eddie do for a living?

3. What does Eddie see when he dies?

4. Who usually starts the workday at Ruby Pier?

5. What color does Eddie see when he first dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Pier serves as a home for the Blue Man, and as a place with many memories for Eddie, some fond, some unpleasant. Discuss the significance of the encounters at the Pier in Chapter Four as a place to confront damaged emotions.

2. What happens when Eddie realizes the danger is not over at the Freddy Free Fall?

3. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.

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

5. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?

6. Why is Eddie confused about the fact that he is still on Ruby Pier?

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

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

9. What does Eddie learn about his leg injury in Chapter Six, and who shares with Eddie this revelation?

10. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the concept of Heaven. What is your idea of Heaven? What was Eddie's expectation, before meeting the Blue Man? How does Eddie's actual journey through Heaven compare to your own thoughts of such a place?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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