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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. How many years of Eddie's life does the author reveal through this storyline?
2. How much money does Eddie have in the bank?
3. Who is the third person Eddie meets in Heaven?
4. For what are Eddie's co-worker and estate attorney looking?
5. What happens to Eddie's belongings?
Short Essay Questions
1. How will Amy or Annie's visit to Heaven be connected to Eddie?
2. Explain Ruby's lesson to Eddie.
3. Eddie washes Tala with a stone. What is the significance of this action?
4. 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?
5. How does the estate attorney view Eddie's life?
6. How do Eddie's actions on his thirty-ninth birthday contribute to Marguerite's accident?
7. Why is a reception hall an appropriate place for Eddie to meet Marguerite in Heaven?
8. How is Chapter Twelve used as the denouement?
9. Who is the child Eddie meets in Heaven, and why is she significant?
10. Why does Ruby know all of the details of Eddie's father?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The estate attorney at the end of the novel comments on what a "poor slob" Eddie is because he has no material possessions. How is Eddie actually rich, without consideration of material possessions?
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
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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