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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 is the last thing Eddie remembers physically feeling before he dies?
2. According to the Blue Man, what is Heaven for?
3. What does Eddie wonder about in Chapter Seven?
4. What is the author doing in Chapter Three?
5. What does Eddie discover he CANNOT do when he wakes up?
Short Essay Questions
1. Eddie no longer feels any pain. Why might his loss of pain be significant to being in Heaven?
2. In Chapter Six, what do the readers learn of Eddie's expectations of himself and from his life? Are these expectations met?
3. What happens at Freddy Free Fall to cause Eddie to reevaluate the safety of this ride?
4. What is the significance, or lack of significance, of time in Heaven?
5. How does the author traverse time and introduce the reader to different points in Eddie's life?
6. Discuss the foreshadowing of Uncle Mickey's character with regard to his actions towards Eddie on his fifth birthday.
7. Before Eddie speaks to the little girl at the park, about what/whom was he daydreaming?
8. What are the first images the reader gets of Ruby Pier?
9. What does the reader learn about "Eddie Maintenance" in Chapter One?
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
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?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Albom introduces the reader to a little girl in Chapter One named Amy or Annie. Why is her name unspecified? Aside from the fact that Eddie tries to save her, what is her role in Eddie's life? What is Eddie's role in her life? How will the story continue to spin, even after the end of the novel, as outlined by the author?
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