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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 does Uncle Mickey do to Eddie during his birthday?
2. When was the freak show shut down?
3. To whom does Eddie run for refuge from Uncle Mickey?
4. What does Eddie first ask the first person he meets in Heaven?
5. What happens to Rabozzo when he becomes ill?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?
2. Why is it significant that Eddie's body feels like that of a child when he first meets the Blue Man?
3. Discuss the meaning of the Captain's quote, "When you sacrifice something that is precious, you don't actually lose it. "
4. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
5. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
6. The Captain tells Eddie that dying is only the beginning. What could the Captain mean by this statement?
7. What happens when Eddie realizes the danger is not over at the Freddy Free Fall?
8. What happens at Freddy Free Fall to cause Eddie to reevaluate the safety of this ride?
9. How does the author traverse time and introduce the reader to different points in Eddie's life?
10. Discuss the foreshadowing of Uncle Mickey's character with regard to his actions towards Eddie on his fifth birthday.
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
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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