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 best describes Izzy's mood at the family dinner in Chapter 15?

2. What does Dr. North give Shirley before she and Rachel leave his office?

3. How does Rachel begin Monday morning in Chapter 7?

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

5. Who does Rachel interview for the school paper?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Izzy says he is afraid to go to sleep at the hospital.

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

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

4. Are Rachel and Jeremy close?

5. Is Rachel's life back to normal after Izzy's death once she returns to school.

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

7. Describe Izzy and Rachel's bus trip.

8. Describe Alice Farnum's appearance.

9. Is Rachel responsible, as of Chapter 31?

10. Are Rachel's reactions to situations in Chapter 34 appropriate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The change in Rachel and Izzy's relationship as the older man gets sicker and closer to death is the basis for much of Rachel's personal growth in the story and perhaps his too.

1) Select three pivotal moments in the story that changed Rachel and Izzy's relationship, and explain your choices.

2) Why is Rachel the only person in the family that Izzy seems willing to get close to?

3) Could a positive event have served as the catalyst to change Rachel and Izzy's relationship? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Lewis and Helena have special roles as Rachel's peers in After the Rain.

1) Compare and contrast these two characters.

2) Why do you think these two young people are attracted to Rachel?

3) Of Lewis, Helena, and Rachel who would you want to have as a friend and why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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