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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 does the reader learn about Eddie's character in Chapter Eight?
2. What was Eddie's promotion?
3. What does Eddie's co-worker say about Eddie?
4. Who says, "weddings are for possibilities."?
5. What does Eddie feel that ultimately brings him peace?
Short Essay Questions
1. What symbols does the author use in Chapter Twelve?
2. What was Eddie's relationship like with his father?
3. How is Chapter Twelve used as the denouement?
4. How does the fifth person Eddie meets in Heaven reveal Eddie's character?
5. How does Eddie's father die?
6. Who is the child Eddie meets in Heaven, and why is she significant?
7. 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?
8. Eddie washes Tala with a stone. What is the significance of this action?
9. How does the reader know that Eddie's memory will be kept alive at the Pier?
10. Is the estate attorney's view of Eddie accurate? Why or why not?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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