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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. Why did Izzy get fired from his stonemason job?

2. When Rachel arrives at Izzy's for their walk in Chapter 23, what does she find?

3. What is one of the things that Eva asked Izzy to do after she died?

4. What item gets broken in Chapter 13?

5. Where is the most recent postcard that Rachel has received from Jeremy sent from, as of Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dinner when Izzy cooks for Rachel.

2. Why are Izzy's houseplants so important to him?

3. How do the Coopers usually spend Sunday mornings?

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

5. How does Rachel feel about her family?

6. What does the doctor say is wrong with Grandpa Izzy after his initial tests?

7. Why does Rachel think that something is wrong with her in Chapter 13?

8. Describe the picture of Izzy and Eva that Izzy gives to Rachel.

9. How does Rachel recognize Izzy's bad mood in Chapter 22?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some ways Lewis is a typical teenager and in others he shows maturity beyond his years.

1) Why do you think Lewis is able to be so supportive of Rachel during her grandfather's illness?

2) How does Lewis react to life as a stereotypical teenager in the novel?

3) Analyze the fact that Rachel's first boyfriend helps her through her first experience of death.

Essay Topic 2

The process of Izzy's death moved Rachel from disbelief to grief and back to hope again.

1) Describe the process of accepting the death of a loved one as illustrated in this story.

2) Explain how grief affected the actions of at least 3 characters in the novel.

3) Analyze the correlation between transformation and loss.

Essay Topic 3

Should the Coopers have told Izzy about the severity of his illness earlier, or was Dr. North right not to tell him since there was not a cure for his cancer? What determines whether it is right or wrong to give someone this sort of information? Under what circumstances would you change your answer?

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