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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. Where do Eddie and Marguerite have their first date?
2. What world event is happening in Chapter Five?
3. What do Eddie and the other three soldiers have to do while imprisoned?
4. What does Marguerite tell Eddie before he leaves for the war?
5. What is the author doing in Chapter Three?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Eddie realizes the danger is not over at the Freddy Free Fall?
2. What is Eddie's role in the death of the Blue Man?
3. Why is it significant that Eddie's body feels like that of a child when he first meets the Blue Man?
4. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Two, "The Journey."
5. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
6. Before Eddie speaks to the little girl at the park, about what/whom was he daydreaming?
7. Discuss the foreshadowing of Uncle Mickey's character with regard to his actions towards Eddie on his fifth birthday.
8. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?
9. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?
10. How is Eddie feeling, now that he has awakened in Heaven?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mitch Albom effectively uses symbolism throughout the novel. Discuss why his use of color as a symbol works to help deliver the impact of the rising action.
Essay Topic 2
The reader first meets Eddie as an eighty-three year old man who performs maintenance at Ruby Pier. As the story unfolds, the reader learns of Eddie's younger years, and the action takes the reader back to the moment of his death when Eddie finally comes "home" to Heaven. Discuss how the novel comes full circle, being sure to reference several main points from Eddie's life.
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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