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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 takes over Eddie's job?
2. What does Eddie feel that ultimately brings him peace?
3. Eddie and Marguerite save money for what big event?
4. What does the reader learn about Eddie's character in Chapter Eight?
5. How does Eddie spend his sixtieth birthday?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ruby know all of the details of Eddie's father?
2. How does Eddie feel when he returns home from the VA hospital?
3. What does Tala teach Eddie?
4. Why is a reception hall an appropriate place for Eddie to meet Marguerite in Heaven?
5. Explain Ruby's lesson to Eddie.
6. What was Eddie's relationship like with his father?
7. How will Amy or Annie's visit to Heaven be connected to Eddie?
8. How does the estate attorney view Eddie's life?
9. Is the estate attorney's view of Eddie accurate? Why or why not?
10. How is Eddie's and Marguerite's relationship impacted by the fallout from the track and Marguerite's accident?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Consider the fact that Eddie still worked at the Pier at age eighty-three. Next, recall Eddie's relationship with his father and his brother. Using facts from the novel, write an essay where Eddie's father and Eddie's brother are two of the people Eddie meets in Heaven. What lessons would they teach Eddie? How might their interactions play out?
Essay Topic 2
The reader first meets Eddie as an eighty-three year old man who performs maintenance at Ruby Pier. As the story unfolds, the reader learns of Eddie's younger years, and the action takes the reader back to the moment of his death when Eddie finally comes "home" to Heaven. Discuss how the novel comes full circle, being sure to reference several main points from Eddie's life.
Essay Topic 3
Many themes are seen throughout the novel. Three that are most prevalent include: forgiveness, acceptance, and the importance of love in a person's life. Using the three aforementioned themes as points in your response, highlight what you have learned about these themes as used in the novel.
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