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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 happens to Eddie's leg?
2. In death, what step is Ruby Pier for the Blue Man?
3. The reader learns that Mitch Albom is clearly trying to share what with the reader?
4. What does Marguerite tell Eddie before he leaves for the war?
5. Where does the reader first meet Eddie?
Short Essay Questions
1. When the action returns to Ruby Pier, the reader finds the park closed. How does Eddie's death impact the Pier?
2. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
3. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
4. The readers learn that today is Eddie's birthday. What is his mood as the little girl approaches him in Chapter One?
5. What does Eddie learn about his leg injury in Chapter Six, and who shares with Eddie this revelation?
6. Discuss the meaning of the Captain's quote, "When you sacrifice something that is precious, you don't actually lose it. "
7. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
8. The Blue Man tells Eddie, "there are no random acts...we are all connected..." Explain this quote as it relates to the Blue Man and Eddie.
9. In Chapter Six, what do the readers learn of Eddie's expectations of himself and from his life? Are these expectations met?
10. Discuss Eddie's encounter with the first character he meets in Heaven, the Blue Man.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mitch Albom effectively uses his own experiences with relatives to create Eddie and his other characters. Draw connections between the people in Albom's life and those in Eddie's life. Write an essay paralleling the similarities and contrasting the differences.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Mitch Albom introduces silence as an effective symbol several times throughout the novel. Identify three different instances where silence is employed, and explain why its use is so effective. Make sure to cite your references.
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