The Five People You Meet in Heaven Test | Final 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. Who calls Eddie to wish him a happy sixty-eighth birthday?

2. In Chapter Twelve, who beckons Eddie to come nearer?

3. Who is Tala?

4. Why was Eddie sad when he was living?

5. What literary device is used when discussing the accident that occurs at another park?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Eddie's actions on his thirty-ninth birthday contribute to Marguerite's accident?

2. How does Albom use Eddie's birthdays to pass time in Chapter Twelve?

3. How does the reader know that Eddie's memory will be kept alive at the Pier?

4. Eddie washes Tala with a stone. What is the significance of this action?

5. What does the reader learn about Eddie through the short snippets describing his various birthdays?

6. Why does Ruby know all of the details of Eddie's father?

7. How is Chapter Twelve used as the denouement?

8. How is the person whose key shredded the cable connected to the Pier?

9. Why is the stranger Eddie meets in Chapter Eight so significant in his life?

10. What was Eddie's relationship like with his father?

Essay Topics

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 tells the story of Eddie by using many effective literary devices. How does his use of flashback, foreshadowing, and suspense propel the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Tala is the fifth and most important person Eddie meets in Heaven. What does she teach Eddie? Why is Tala so important in Eddie's life? Why does Albom introduce her as Eddie's last person, rather than using Marguerite, Eddie's great love?

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