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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 birthday does Eddie celebrate in Chapter Five?
2. What is Eddie's last memory of being alive?
3. How does the author portray Uncle Mickey in Chapter Two?
4. Why does Eddie feel like his body is that of a child in Chapter Four?
5. What causes the Blue Man's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Albom reveal the relationship between Joe and Eddie in Chapter Four?
2. In Chapter Seven, how does Mitch Albom use suspense to propel the action?
3. What is the significance, or lack of significance, of time in Heaven?
4. Eddie tries to return to the burning tent to save a child. What does this action reveal about Eddie's character?
5. How does Eddie's time spent on the Pier save him during the war?
6. The readers learn that today is Eddie's birthday. What is his mood as the little girl approaches him in Chapter One?
7. Discuss the significance of the title of Chapter Three, "The Arrival".
8. How is Eddie feeling, now that he has awakened in Heaven?
9. The Pier serves as a home for the Blue Man, and as a place with many memories for Eddie, some fond, some unpleasant. Discuss the significance of the encounters at the Pier in Chapter Four as a place to confront damaged emotions.
10. What happens in the plot when Eddie asks the Blue Man if he saves the little girl at the Pier?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In most novels, minor characters are simply used to assist the plot. In THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, however, Albom uses minor characters to more profoundly impact his protagonist. Discuss how Mickey Shea, Eddie's father, and Ruby are essential to move the plot along.
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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