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. Why does Eddie try to return to a burning tent?

2. What color is the sea that Eddie sees?

3. What color does Eddie see when he first dies?

4. What birthday does Eddie celebrate in Chapter Five?

5. What does Uncle Mickey do to Eddie during his birthday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism of the water in Chapter Two?

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

5. What does Eddie learn about his leg injury in Chapter Six, and who shares with Eddie this revelation?

6. 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.

7. What is Eddie's role in the death of the Blue Man?

8. Discuss the significance of Albom's use of color in Chapter Two?

9. What does Eddie feel from the Blue Man when the Blue Man hugs Eddie?

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

Essay Topics

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is didactic in nature. Cite and discuss three lessons that resonate with you. First, identify their relevance in the novel. Then, discuss these lessons as they impacted you. If you do not have three particularly favorite lessons, identify the three lessons that would apply to most people in today's society.

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