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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. Where do Rachel and Lewis go together on a Saturday in Chapter 13?

2. Who is Rachel's best friend?

3. How can Rachel tell that Izzy is in a bad mood when she arrives for their walk on Friday in Chapter 22?

4. Why does Rachel argue with Lewis after their first kiss?

5. Who ran away to England when he was younger than Rachel is in the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Coopers usually spend Sunday mornings?

3. Describe the place where Eva is buried.

4. Describe Alice Farnum's appearance.

5. How does Shirley feel about the weekly visit to Izzy's after she first learns he has cancer?

6. Describe the dinner when Izzy cooks for Rachel.

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

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

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

10. Why is Rachel initially confused about whether or not Lewis likes her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one question to answer:

1) What if Dr. North had told Izzy about his impending death, rather than just Shirley? Explain how the event of the story might have unfolded differently.

2) How would the story have been different if it was Rachel, rather than Izzy, who was dying of cancer?

3) Analyze what the future would hold for Rachel and Izzy if the old man had recovered and lived?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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