After the Rain Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Izzy say about Rachel to a neighbor after their walk?

2. What does Helena make for Mikey after school in Chapter 12?

3. What does Rachel describe happening in Chapter 2 at the kitchen table?

4. Who calls Rachel when she is home alone in Chapter 9?

5. What happens to Grandpa Izzy that requires Rachel to go get him in Chapter 16?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Rachel feels trapped into walking with Grandpa Izzy in Chapter 20.

2. How does Rachel feel about the possibility of Izzy coming to live at her house?

3. How does Rachel feel about playing paddleball with Helena's family?

4. Based on his actions in Chapter 12, is Lewis a sympathetic person?

5. Describe the dinner when Izzy cooks for Rachel.

6. What is the tone of Rachel and Lewis's first two phone calls?

7. What does Izzy tell Rachel about his handprint in Chapter 29?

8. How does Rachel's handling of Izzy's fall affect her parent's perception of her?

9. Is Rachel mature or immature?

10. How does Rachel feel about her family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagine that the character of Jeremy was not in the story.

1) Describe what information would be lost.

2) How did Jeremy's experience in the war affect his ability to have a relationship with his grandfather?

3) Explain why Jeremy never answers Rachel's letters.

Essay Topic 2

Acceptance of death is an on-going theme in the novel.

1) Which character does the best job of dealing with Izzy's impending death and why?

2) Which character will have the most difficult time after Izzy's death?

3) Based on events in the story, explain whether it is easier to deal with a family member death if you have a good relationship with them or a strained one.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the feelings that Rachel expresses in her journal, to those she express in her letters to Jeremy, and to those feelings that the author narrates. Be sure to refer to specific examples in the story to illustrate the differences between the expression of her feelings in these different formats.

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