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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's father forgive Mickey Shea?
2. How does Eddie spend his first birthday after Marguerite's death?
3. Who is Tala?
4. What does Eddie tell Marguerite?
5. Chapter Fourteen serves as what part of the plot?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Albom use Eddie's birthdays to pass time in Chapter Twelve?
2. For what was Eddie supposed to save his money, instead of gambling?
3. How does the reader know that Eddie's memory will be kept alive at the Pier?
4. Why does Ruby know all of the details of Eddie's father?
5. What does the reader learn about Eddie through the short snippets describing his various birthdays?
6. How does Eddie's father die?
7. Eddie washes Tala with a stone. What is the significance of this action?
8. What symbols does the author use in Chapter Twelve?
9. How is the person whose key shredded the cable connected to the Pier?
10. How do Eddie's actions on his thirty-ninth birthday contribute to Marguerite's accident?
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
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 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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