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 dance does Eddie recall before the time he was crippled?

2. What literary device does the author repetitively use to reveal clues about Eddie's life?

3. What is the new ride at Ruby Pier?

4. Who says, "Hello, Edward. I have been waiting for you."?

5. What does Eddie learn about Heaven in Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".

2. Why is it significant that Eddie's body feels like that of a child when he first meets the Blue Man?

3. How does the author traverse time and introduce the reader to different points in Eddie's life?

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

5. How does Albom reveal the relationship between Joe and Eddie in Chapter Four?

6. In Chapter Six, what do the readers learn of Eddie's expectations of himself and from his life? Are these expectations met?

7. How is Eddie feeling, now that he has awakened in Heaven?

8. What happens in the plot when Eddie asks the Blue Man if he saves the little girl at the Pier?

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

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

In most novels, minor characters are simply used to assist the plot. In THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, however, Albom uses minor characters to more profoundly impact his protagonist. Discuss how Mickey Shea, Eddie's father, and Ruby are essential to move the plot along.

Essay Topic 3

Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie by using many effective literary devices. How does his use of flashback, foreshadowing, and suspense propel the novel?

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