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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. How does the author portray Uncle Mickey in Chapter Two?
2. What is happening at the Ruby Pier of the present in Chapter Five?
3. Who is the first person Eddie meets in Heaven?
4. What purpose does Amy or Annie serve in the story thus far?
5. What causes the Blue Man's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
2. Why is Eddie confused about the fact that he is still on Ruby Pier?
3. Why is it significant that Eddie's body feels like that of a child when he first meets the Blue Man?
4. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?
5. What happens in the plot when Eddie asks the Blue Man if he saves the little girl at the Pier?
6. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?
7. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
8. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.
9. In Chapter Six, what do the readers learn of Eddie's expectations of himself and from his life? Are these expectations met?
10. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The estate attorney at the end of the novel comments on what a "poor slob" Eddie is because he has no material possessions. How is Eddie actually rich, without consideration of material possessions?
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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