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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. Who is Eddie's father's hospital roommate?
2. What lesson does Tala teach Eddie?
3. What does Eddie learn about the last day he was alive?
4. What does Mickey Shea do to anger Eddie's father?
5. What does Eddie realize about his life as a maintenance worker, after speaking with Tala?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Eddie's relationship with Joe.
2. What symbols does the author use in Chapter Twelve?
3. How does Eddie's father die?
4. How will Amy or Annie's visit to Heaven be connected to Eddie?
5. How does the fifth person Eddie meets in Heaven reveal Eddie's character?
6. How does the estate attorney view Eddie's life?
7. What does Tala teach Eddie?
8. At this point, Albom has shown the reader a span of seventy-five years in only ten, short chapters. How is Albom's storytelling effective?
9. Clearly, Chapter thirteen is used as the falling action for the reader. How is Tala's lesson a resolution for Eddie, as well?
10. How is Chapter Twelve used as the denouement?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Eddie learns that his life has helped to save the lives of many others. How might the five people Eddie meets in Heaven be impacted if Eddie had NOT been involved in their lives? Discuss how the Blue Man, Tala, Amy or Annie, Marguerite, and Ruby might have entirely different lives if it were not for Eddie.
Essay Topic 3
Albom includes the time Eddie serves in the war as an important part of Eddie's life. How is Eddie's emotional state similar to the physical destruction caused by war? How does Eddie finally make peace with himself throughout the novel?
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